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Prentice Wins Premier of Alberta
9/8/2014


Jim Prentice (Alberta 1977) has won the election for premier of Alberta. He will assume the position from Dave Hancock (Alberta 1976), who has been serving in an interim capacity since March.

Here is the complete story.









Fall Recruitment Success
9/4/2014
Congrats to our chapters and colonies in the success of their recruiting efforts for the fall semester! This list will update as pledges continue to register.

School/Chapter   Pledges
Alabama/Theta   35
Alberta/Epsilon Alpha   5
Arizona State/Alpha Sigma   8
Austin Peay/Delta Colony   5
Ball State/Beta Sigma   24
Baylor/Kappa   13
Bowling Green/Beta Gamma   12
British Columia/Pi Gamma   13
Bucknell/Delta   13
California Berkeley/Delta Xi   12
California State Long Beach/Lambda Beta   12
Case Western/Xi Deuteron   6
Central Arkansas/Delta Colony   7
Chapman/Omega Chi   28
Cincinnati/Chi Omicron   10
College of Charleston/Lambda Chi   14
Colorado Mines/Gamma Kappa   12
Delaware/Nu Delta   16
Drake/Delta Iota   20
East Carolina/Pi Nu   12
Embry-Riddle/Epsilon Rho   31
Florida International/Sigma Phi   11
Georgia/Kappa Deuteron   32
Georgia Tech/Gamma Tau   22
Gettysburg/Xi   7
Idaho/Mu Iota   23
Illinois/Chi Iota   26
Indiana State/Iota Sigma   17
Iowa/Mu Deuteron   21
Iowa State/Alpha Iota   19
IUPUI/Delta Colony   11
Kansas/Pi Deuteron   31
Kansas State/Chi Deuteron   1920
Kentucky/Upsilon Kappa   30
Louisiana State/Beta Rho   30
Michigan/Alpha Phi    25
Michigan State/Epsilon Lambda   24
Minnesota/Mu Sigma   17
Mississippi State/Sigma Mu   29
Missouri/Chi Mu   25
Missouri State/Psi Mu   32
Nebraska/Lambda Nu   31
New Mexico/Alpha Nu   19
North Alabama/Phi Upsilon   10
North Carolina/Epsilon   5
North Carolina State/Nu Sigma   18
Nova Southeastern/Nu Upsilon   28
Ohio/Alpha Omega Colony   17
Ohio Northern/Omega Nu   9
Ohio State/Omicron Deuteron   11
Oklahoma City/Delta Colony   13
Oklahoma State/Sigma Omicron   37
Old Dominion/Omega Deuteron Colony   17
Oregon State/Kappa Omicron   13
Penn State/Gamma Phi   14
RPI/Tau Nu   13
Southern California/Sigma Chi   8
Tennessee/Kappa Tau   26
Texas/Tau Deuteron   42
Texas Dallas/Tau Delta   20
Toledo/Upsilon Tau   13
Virginia Tech/Rho Alpha   25
Wabash/Psi   17
Western Kentucky/Chi Eta   16
William Woods/Kappa Chi   10

Last updated 9/29/2014


Fijiland's Best of the Best
8/25/2014
Congratulations to all of our award-winning chapters and brothers for the 2013-14 school year!


Baker Cup            
  Awarded for religious, ethical and social service activities
First Place:    Sigma Tau at University of Washington
Second Place:   Zeta at Indiana University
Third Place:   Chi Eta at Western Kentucky University
Honorable Mention:    Kappa Deuteron at University of Georgia
    Gamma Tau at the Georgia Institute of Technology
    Kappa Omicron at Oregon State University
    Omicron at University of Virginia
    Sigma at Wittenberg University



Brightman Graduate Chapter Award  
Presented to the most outstanding graduate chapter   

Over 75 members    
First Place (tie):    Seattle Graduate Chapter
    Washington D.C. (National Capital Fijis) 
Third Place:   Indianapolis, IN (Beta Grad Chapter) 
Honorable Mention:    Chicago, IL
    New York, NY (Xi Graduate Chapter)
     
Under 75 members    
   
First Place:   Naples, FL (Southwest Florida Graduate Chapter)
Second Place:   Birmingham, AL
Third Place:   Columbus, OH
Honorable Mention:   Arlington, TX Graduate Chapter
    Calgary, AB
    Chattanooga, TN
    Kansas City, MO
    Nashville, TN (Music City Graduate Chapter)
    Omaha, NE
    Tampa, FL


Brightman Trophy
  Presented to the undergraduate chapter that best shows
how Phi Gamma Delta is "not for college days alone"
First Place:    Beta Sigma at Ball State University
Second Place:   Sigma Tau at University of Washington
Third Place:   Kappa Deuteron at University of Georgia
Honorable Mention:    Gamma Tau at the Georgia Institute of Technology
    Chi Iota at the University of Illinois
    Chi Eta at Western Kentucky University
    Omicron Deuteron at Ohio State University
    Omicron at the University of Virginia


Cheney Cup            Awarded for the greatest all-around efficiency in scholarship,
fraternity relationships and general collegiate activities
First Place:    Beta Sigma at Ball State University
Second Place:   Chi Eta at Western Kentucky University
Third Place (tie):   Gamma Tau at Georgia Institute of Technology
    Sigma Tau at the University of Washington
Honorable Mention:    Kappa Deuteron at the University of Georgia
    Kappa Omicron at Oregon State University
    Psi at Wabash College


Condon Cup         
  Awarded for greatest overall improvement
First Place:    Sigma at Wittenberg University
Second Place:   Gamma Phi at Pennsylvania State University
Honorable Mention:    Theta Deuteron at Ohio Wesleyan University


Coon Plaque        
  Awarded for the best chapter publications
First Place:    Sigma Tau at University of Washington
Second Place:   Kappa Deuteron at the University of Georgia
Third Place:   Chi Eta at Western Kentucky University
Honorable Mention:   Kappa Omicron at Oregon State University
    Theta Tau at Tennessee Technological University 
    Sigma at Wittenberg University


Coulter Cup   Awarded for service to a chapter other than as Purple Legionnaire
First Place:   

Harry A. Streamer (Pennsylvania State 1963)
for Pennsylvania State University

Distinguished Service:   Dale R. Adams Jr. (Akron) for the University of Akron
    Jay E. Allardt (Indiana 1978) for Ball State University
    David A. Aroh (Hanover 1981) for Western Kentucky University 
    Eric M. Jasso (Missouri 2005) for the University of Cincinnati


Crowder Cup   Awarded to the most outstanding faculty advisor
First Place:   

Stephen C. Crowe (Cincinnati 1972) for the University of Cincinnati

Distinguished Service:   Dr. Ray J. Blankenship (Kentucky 1984) for Western Kentucky University
    Tony Marable for Tennessee Technological University
    Lou Ann Simpson for Drake University 


Durrance Award   Presented to the most outstanding Purple Legionnaire
First Place:   

Dr. Michael C. Ashman (Indiana 1991) for Ball State University

Distinguished Service:   Stephen E. Caine (New Mexico 1997) for Chapman University
    Robert E. Hall (Kentucky 1968) for North Carolina State University
    David J. Harben (Ball State 2004) for University of Texas Dallas
    Kirk B. Maag (Oregon State 2005) for Oregon State University
    Kenneth W. Nuhn (Idaho 1975) for the University of Idaho
    Dr. Christopher J. Tankersley (Akron 2002) for the University of Akron

Haynes Award   Presented to the most outstanding Section Chief
First Place:   

Christopher L. Kurtz (Ball State 2006)

Distinguished Service:   Soumitra R. Banerjee (Pittsburgh 1987)
    Benjamin R. Harper (Kentucky 1969, GA Western Kentucky 2012)
    Bradley R. Whiting (Washington 1980) 
                              
Jordan Bowl       
  Awarded for achieving the highest scholarship among all chapters
First Place:    Chi Eta at Western Kentucky University
Second Place:   Psi at Wabash College
Third Place:   Zeta at Indiana University
Fourth Place:   Epsilon Alpha at the University of Alberta
Honorable Mention:    Epsilon Iota at the University of Evansville
    Nu Kappa at the University of Nebraska Kearney
    Theta Deuteron at Ohio Wesleyan University
 

Owen Cup          
  Awarded for the greatest improvement in scholarship
First Place:    Delta Iota at Drake University
Second Place:   Omega Chi at Chapman University
Third Place:   Gamma Tau at Georgia Institute of Technology
Honorable Mention:   Alpha Omicron at the University of Akron


Wilkinson Award   Presented to the Fraternity most outstanding senior
First Place:    Sean D. Ratkus (Ball State 2014)
Honorable Mention:   Rolf B. Iueter (Wisconsin 2014)
    Nicholas B. West (Oregon State 2014)


Zerman Trophy 
  Awarded for involvement in extracurricular activities
First Place:    Kappa Omicron at Oregon State University
Second Place:   Kappa Deuteron at the University of Georgia
Third Place:   Beta Sigma at Ball State University
Honorable Mention:    Gamma Tau at the Georgia Institute of Technology
    Chi Iota at the University of Illinois
    Zeta at Indiana University
    Sigma Tau at the University of Washington
    Chi Eta at Western Kentucky University 


Start planning now for how your chapter can claim some hardware next summer!

Drake's Successful Kicking Cancer Philanthropy
8/20/2014
The Delta Iota Chapter at Drake University recently held its Fijis Kicking Cancer philanthropy which Colleen's Dream Foundation was willing to match. President of Colleen's Dream Foundation, NFL kicker Billy Cundiff (Drake 2002), was pleased his brothers and his foundation could make a $10,000 donation to the Holden Cancer Center at the University of Iowa to support ovarian cancer research.

Here's the full story.

Congrats, brothers!



50x50 at Texas Arlington
8/2/2014
Texas Arlington 50x50On Saturday, August 2, 2014, 100 graduates across five decades of Phi Tau / Texas Arlington had a very well attended luncheon. The luncheon included a rally to support the chapter's efforts to grow to 50 members by the 50th anniversary.

Here's how the event came together.

And here's news coverage via UTA.

Good luck, brothers!



Brothers Attend UIFI
7/30/2014


This group of brothers recently attended the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI). Front row: Harry Schwartz (William Jewell 2016), James Houston (Akron 2015), Bradley Koval (Connecticut 2015), Jaryd Kalvans-Deardsley (William Woods 2015). Back row: Carson Lance (Ball State 2010), T.J. Lindgren (Drake 2015), Christopher Balkos (Western Ontario 2015) and Adil Dittmer (Virginia Tech 2014).

Thanks, brothers, for representing Phi Gamma Delta well!








Cross Country Bike Ride Raises $80,000
7/19/2014
WKU_bike4alz2014
Congratulations to our brothers from the Chi Eta Chapter at Western Kentucky University as they conclude their #bike4alz cross country bike ride, raising money for Alzheimers research. Their ride began in Oceanside, CA, on May 24 and, 3000 miles later, they reached their final destination in Washington, DC, on July 18 having raised over $80,000 of their $100,000 goal.


Here is media coverage.

Proud of you, brothers!







Chicago Grad Chapter's Night of Brotherhood
7/3/2014


Nearly 20 graduate and undergraduate brothers gathered on June 26 for the Chicago Graduate Chapter's Cubs game. We're told that brothers from 10 different chapters, spanning 60 years from the class of 1957 to 2017, had a great time. To cap off the evening, the Cubs won!







Brother's Acts of Kindness
6/25/2014
In the spring 2013 issue of The Phi Gamma Delta, Bill Martin’s column on p. 71 highlighted the 26 Acts of Kindness movement our Epsilon Lambda Chapter had started at Michigan State. Thanks to Jim Tuman (1964) for sharing the idea and the results below, which is a partial list of the acts of kindness that Tony Biallas (2014) and a friend completed before graduating in May.

Hopefully, these gestures will inspire other brothers to step up to the challenge and see how easily you can impact a life with a small investment of time and little to no money involved.

- Packed a lunch for a homeless man
- Picked up trash at a park in Lansing
- Left inspirational notes on a playground
- While at Wendy’s, bought a Frosty for the person next in line
- Placed quarters in machines at a laundry mat
- Stopped by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and left an appreciation note on a car with veterans stickers
- Took flowers to a random patient in the cancer ward at Sparrow Hospital
- Stopped by the MSU fire station to thank firefighters with a card and cookies
- Left notes and candy on the cars of people studying at the Business College
- Placed quarters in the toy machines for kids at Meijer
- Collected all the carts in a Target parking lot
- Placed dollars by coloring books in a Dollar Store
- Gave out Gatorade to fellow students working out at IM West
- Bought a few garden items and left them in front of a random house
- Found people listed in the white pages with their names and wrote inspirational letters to them, in addition to thank you notes to MSU teachers, advisers, etc. who’d positively impacted their time at MSU

Well done, Brother Biallas!


Delta Colony Planned for West Chester
6/20/2014
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Another new colonization in the fall will take place at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where we will join 11 other IFC fraternities. Area grads, let's show them what "Not for College Days Alone" is all about!




New Campus for PGD: Quinnipiac
6/19/2014
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A new campus for Phi Gamma Delta this fall will be Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Brothers in the area, we're asking for your help in making this colonization a Fiji success!




Returning Kappa Phi to South Florida
6/18/2014
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We're pleased to be returning to the University of South Florida in the fall. Brothers in Tampa, let's team up to create the new Kappa Phi Chapter.








Recolonizing Phi Sigma at Florida State
6/17/2014
Florida State


We're excited to be recolonizing our Phi Sigma Chapter at Florida State University in the fall after a 3-year hiatus.

Grads in Tallahassee, here's your chance to give back.







Foisie Makes WPI History
6/9/2014
Robert A. Foisie (WPI 1956), has made history for Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a $40 million donation, WPI's largest gift in its 149 years. Brother Foisie intends to fund student scholarships since scholarships are what helped him.

Here is a link to the complete story.


Chartering at Oregon
6/3/2014

Presenting our newly re-chartered Epsilon Omicron Colony at the University of Oregon. Welcome, brothers!



Statement Regarding UCI Student Allegations
6/2/2014

The International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta respects the rights of students at our host institutions, including the University of California - Irvine (UCI), to express opinions on issues important to them.

Our local graduate leaders have worked with the undergraduate brothers and university officials at UCI to address any inappropriate attire or behavior at the chapter’s recent event.

Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity has been using the nickname Fiji for well over 100 years (and as a registered trademark with the US Trademarks Office since 1972) without any complaint that its use is inherently inappropriate or insensitive; we expect to continue that practice.

Delaware's Photo of the Year
5/28/2014


Congrats to our Nu Delta Chapter at the University of Delaware for raising over $22,000 at UDance to support childhood cancer research. The Chapter also won Best Event/Organization Photo of the Year for the photo below of brothers with Colin, an 8-year-old with leukemia who has become their local hero.


Mu Iota's Honors at Idaho
5/27/2014
In addition to capturing the title for overall intramural champs, our Mu Iota Chapter at the University of Idaho received the following honors during Greek Awards:

1. Outstanding Campus Involvement;
2. Outstanding Risk Management; and
3. Outstanding Greek Sophomore - Owen Glodt (2016).

Congrats, brothers!



WKU Brothers Shooting for $100,000
5/23/2014
A big shout out to a group of Chi Eta brothers from Western Kentucky, who are in California to begin a 3,000-mile bike trek across the U.S. tomorrow in their Bike4Alz philanthropy. The goal: to raise $100,000 in support of Alzheimer's research.

Here is media coverage.

Best wishes and God speed, brothers!



Outstanding Results at DePauw
5/22/2014
In addition to being selected a Black and Gold Chapter for achieving standards of excellence at DePauw University, our Lambda Chapter won Most Outstanding New Member Education Program at the Order of Omega Awards and Green Greeks certification for creating an environmentally friendly living environment. Congrats, brothers!


Anthony Mercado: Model UN All-Star
5/21/2014
Congrats to Anthony Mercado (Florida International 2011) as a first team selection on the Model United Nations All-Star Team. Serving as head delegate and assistant program director for the 2013-14 year, Brother Mercado has received Best Delegate honors at five conferences. Way to go!


Success at Illinois Greek Oscars
5/20/2014

Out of 44 IFC fraternities at the University of Illinois, our Chi Iota Chapter took home the following awards from the Greek Oscars:


1. Philanthropy of the Year;
2. Outstanding Scholarship, 3rd place;
3. Outstanding New Member Education, 2nd place;
4. "Exceptional" rating from the Illinois Greek Initiative; and
5. Living Your Values Award - Andrew Farver (2014)

Mighty proud!




Maryland Selected "Best" for Third Consecutive Year
5/11/2014




For the THIRD consecutive year, our Phi Deuteron Chapter at Maryland took home both Best Overall Chapter, as well as Best Athletic Chapter, for the 2013-14 year. Well done, gentlemen!










Brother's Winning Team at Wisconsin
5/10/2014

Today’s news comes from the University of Wisconsin: Cedric Kovacs-Johnson (2014) is on the winning team, Spectrom, which participated in the UW-Madison’s annual G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition, winning $12,000 and free office space for developing a coloring device for 3D printers.

In addition to winning this third student contest, Spectrom has also won $10,000 in the Schoofs Prize for Creativity and $2,500 in the Tong Prototype Prize. Congrats to the team, and especially our Fiji brother!

Fraternity Awards UIFI Scholarships
5/9/2014

Congratulations to the 27 brothers who received scholarships from the Fraternity to attend the Undergraduate Interfaternity Institute (UIFI) this summer!

Christopher Balkos (Western Ontario 2015)
Kurt Bognar (Missouri 2016)
Daniel Carlson (Nebraska Kearney 2015)
Brian Condon (Rhode Island 2016)
Jack Dunlope (Cincinnati 2018)
Kyle Foley (WPI 2017)
Alexander Gerak (Cincinnati 2017)
Connor Hanson
(Wisconsin 2016)
Jonathan Hartwick (College of Charleston 2015)
Morgan Hefler (Louisiana State 2017)
James Houston (Akron 2015)
Brent Janss (Oklahoma 2017)
Jaryd Kalvans-Beardsley (William Woods 2015)
Bradley Koval (Connecticut 2015)
Brian Kramer (Arizona State 2015)
Bairon Madrigal (Nova Southeastern 2016)
Alexander Mallison (Arizona State 2015)
Joshua Pollina (Austin Peay 2016)
Ryan Rodenbaugh (Arizona State 2017)
Nicholas Schuetz (Evansville 2016)
Robert Schulke (Minnesota 2017)
Harry Schwartz (William Jewell 2016)
Matthew Skiba (DePauw 2016)
Kyle Stahl (Minnesota 2017)
Alex Waters (Wabash 2016)
Daylon Weddle (DePauw 2017)
Joseph Zottola (Washington & Jefferson 2016)

 

Awards for Colony at Sam Houston State
5/7/2014
Another proud moment for Phi Gamma Delta as our Delta Colony at Sam Houston State brings home the following honors from the annual Greek Life Pantheon Awards:

1. Highest GPA of all Greek organizations;
2. 5-Star Award in New Member Development;
3. Outstanding Greek Life President - Alejandro Perales (2014);
4. President's Choice Award - Benjamin Blacklock (2015); and
5. Most Talented - Nicholas Szoeke (2014)





Celebrating 166 Years
5/1/2014
Watch this Founders Day message from Executive Director Bill Martin. Perge!


Welcome, Nu Beta!
4/30/2014

Welcome to the brothers of our newly re-chartered Nu Beta Chapter at Rutgers. Add to that the Chapter's recent successes: $3,700 raised at Dance Marathon and $1,900 raised at Relay for Life. Plus the Chapter went undefeated in intramural fraternity softball to win the league championship. Sounds like an opportunity for six clicks!


Collecting Hardware at Arkansas
4/29/2014
Out of 14 IFC groups at the University of Arkansas, our Phi Alpha Chapter took home the second most awards at the Order of Omega Banquet:

1. The GAMMA Award – only 1 presented for fraternities from Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol recognizing outstanding achievement as Greek leaders;
2. Award of Excellence - 1 of 2 presented to fraternities;
3. IFC Scholarship Awards - 5 of 10 given;
4. Most Enthusiastic Greek Life Facilitator to Griffin Marczuk (2016); and
5. 5 new Order of Omega initiates.

Congratulations, gentlemen!


Alabama's Awards
4/28/2014
More congratulations are in order for our Theta Chapter at Alabama, winning Most Outstanding Fraternity during the Order of Omega Banquet, and Faulkner Hereford (2017) took home Most Outstanding Freshman. Mighty proud!


Phi Gamma Delta Does Not have a Chapter at Lafayette College
4/28/2014

A Daily Beast article dated April 27, 2014, refers to a group of students at Lafayette College, who are known on that campus as “Fiji.”

This group has no tie to the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta. None of its members are members of Phi Gamma Delta, nor does the group have permission to use the name Fiji.

 
Fiji-proud Friday
4/25/2014
Here's a Fiji-proud way to start your Friday:

#1 - Our Pi Chi Chapter at North Carolina Wilmington raised $5,000 for St. Baldrick's with its Shave-a-Thon.
#2 - Our Beta Mu Chapter at Johns Hopkins raised nearly $10,000 for the USO with its Fiji PUSH. And #3 - The Delta Colony at Central Arkansas raised over $600 for Adopt-a-Stray with its Ultimate Frisbee tournament.

It's a GREAT day to be a Phi Gam!


Camping Out for Mental Health
4/22/2014
Our Fiji success story today comes from Ontario, Canada: Lambda Omega brothers at Western Ontario camped out for 24 hours in Victoria Park in the heart of downtown London, raising $17,000 in memory of Austen Berlet (2011) to benefit the Canadian Mental Health Association. Mighty proud!


Fiji Honors at Penn
4/17/2014
Congrats to our Beta Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania for winning Chapter of the Year and Best Educational Programming at last night's Greek Awards. And to top it off, Chapter President Jeff Grimes (2015) won Greek Leader of the Year! Fiji proud, brothers!


Nu Upsilon Charters at Nova Southeastern
4/15/2014

Welcome to the brothers of our newly chartered Nu Upsilon Chapter at Nova Southeastern University!


Honors at Indiana
4/13/2014
More Phi Gam celebrating at Indiana University as Pete Krusing (2014) was named IFC Senior of the Year, and Joseph Moheban (2014) won IFC Chapter President of the Year. That's success we're talking about! Six clicks, brothers!


Coté Elected President of NIC Board of Directors
4/11/2014

INDIANAPOLIS (4/11/14) – Eugene “Buddy” Coté has been elected as the 95th Chairman of the Board of Directors of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), the international trade association
representing 74 national and international men’s fraternities. In the next year as Chairman, he will lead the board and the conference, working to mold a strategic vision for the future of the fraternal movement in North America.


Coté will strategize with the nine-man Board of Directors to achieve the Ends of the Conference, including the satisfaction of members and the creation of environments on college and university campuses where fraternal organizations can thrive. In accepting the gavel of the Chairmanship at the 2014 NIC Annual
Meeting, Coté spoke of his desire to create a long-term vision for the organization and to find collaborative ways to build upon successes for the health and success of fraternal organizations and their members.

“I congratulate Buddy on his election and look forward to working with him as Chairman,” said NIC President & CEO Peter D. Smithhisler. “Through his current service on the Board and his experience as Vice Chairman, he has demonstrated leadership in the fraternity community and shown his vision for the future of fraternity.”

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maine, where he earned a B.A. in English and Business, Coté joined Phi Gamma Delta in 1978.  He served as a Field Consultant and on his Fraternity’s International Headquarters staff from 1981-85, and was elected to the Phi Gamma Delta Board in 2000, serving two years (2006-2008) as International President.  Professionally, Coté serves as Director of Special Markets for Herff Jones, Inc. in Providence, Rhode Island.

Coté was elected to the Board of Directors of the NIC in 2010 and served two years as Vice Chairman of the Conference, beginning in 2012.

Buddy and his wife Lisa, a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, reside in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.  He is the father of three daughters: Margaux, a Kappa Delta and a graduate of High Point University (NC); Hannah, a Kappa Delta and a graduate of Boston College; and Eliza, 14.

Founded in 1909, the NIC, through advocacy, collaboration and education, works to ensure that fraternities can operate in an environment conducive to their success.

Taking Home Awards at Ball State
4/10/2014
Congrats to Beta Sigma at Ball State! In addition to winning Chapter of the Year, Jason Fry (2014) won IFC Council Member of the Year and Riley Holkan (2016) won Best New Member of the IFC Community. Additionally Sean Ratkus (2014) was a finalist as IFC Community President of the Year and Dylan Pieri (2014) was finalist for Greek Man of the Year.


Rho Nu Charters at Rowan
4/8/2014

Presenting Phi Gamma Delta's newest chapter: Rho Nu at Rowan University. Welcome aboard, brothers!


Another Pig Dinner Success
4/1/2014
 
Gamma Kappa at Colorado School of Mines enjoyed a successful Pig Dinner with 126 brothers attending on March 22. And there were 37 wives and girlfriends who attended the annual Sweetheart Dinner that runs simultaneously. Well done, brothers!


 
Grand Valley Makes Five in Michigan
3/21/2014
Grand Valley colony
Grand Valley State University recently became Phi Gamma Delta's fifth campus in Michigan with a FIJI presence. On March 18, 2014, students gathered to celebrate an Evening with the Fijis and the colonization on GVSU’s campus in Allendale, MI. After six weeks of recruiting, Field Secretaries Duke Murphy (Coastal Carolina 2011) and Matt Whitlock (Ball State 2012) pledged 25 founding fathers into the Delta Colony. With a combined GPA of 3.2, this academically-focused group of gentlemen hails from all over the Great Lakes region. The men are involved in lacrosse, Asian Student Union, Latino Student Union, GVSU Radio, Laker Village Community Council, Boxing Club, Student Senate, hockey, Students for Haiti, Pre-Pharmacy Club, Teachers for Tomorrow and InterVarsity to name a few.

 
Maryland Champs
3/19/2014







Congrats to our Phi Deuteron Chapter at Maryland which is enjoying intramural success, winning championships in both basketball and indoor soccer!













 
Run Across Virginia Success
3/17/2014
Congrats to our Omicron Chapter at Virginia for winning Best Philanthropy with the Run Across Virginia, which raised over $50,000 for the Jimmy V. Foundation in cooperation with the Rho Alpha Chapter at Virginia Tech. Way to go, brothers!


New Colony at Montevallo
3/15/2014

Montevallo colony

A six-week recruitment process culminated with the establishment of the Delta Colony at the University of Montevallo on March 13, when 18 men were pledged into the Colony. The recruitment effort was led by Field Secretaries Josh Wiseman (Western Kentucky 2012) and Adam Wagner (Ohio State 2013). The group’s focus on academics is clear, with a combined 3.34 cumulative GPA. Many of the men serve as campus leaders in organizations like the Ecclesia Student Ministry, Student Government Association, Student Art Association, and the student newspaper, “The Alabamian.” Additionally, the founding fathers are members of the varsity soccer team, serve as orientation leaders, and are enrolled in The Honors College. The Delta Colony is the fourth Phi Gamma Delta group in the state of Alabama.  

Eta Mu Charters at UMass
3/11/2014

Presenting our newest chapter: Eta Mu at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Welcome aboard, brothers!

Pig Dinner Turn Out at Syracuse
3/6/2014

This past weekend, Sigma Nu brothers at Syracuse enjoyed their biggest turnout for Pig Dinner since 2001 when the Chapter celebrated its 100th anniversary. Good job on graduate relations, brothers!


Chi Chapter Returns to Union
3/1/2014

Graduate brothers of the Chi Chapter at Union College waited 13 long years to see their chapter revived. They returned to Schenectady in impressive numbers for the re-chartering on the weekend of March 1, traveling from as far away as Georgia, Florida, Indiana and Washington state.

The return to ‘The Mother of Fraternities’ revives a chapter that was first chartered on December 8, 1893. Through the weekend’s ceremonies, 24 brothers were pledged and initiated into the Fraternity. With the return of Chi, the Fraternity now has six chapters in the Empire State.

The celebration began on the evening of Friday, February 28, at Hale House on the Union campus, with the traditional indoctrination session in which Executive Director Bill Martin reviewed the Fraternity’s history, organization, and values. Then the graduate brothers looked on as the Ritual team conducted the Fraternity pledging ceremony for 24 members of the Colony. Graduate brothers and the brothers-to-be then closed the evening with a reception at the Stockade Inn near the campus.

On Saturday morning, graduate brothers and candidates gathered again at Hale House for two initiation ceremonies, conducted by a Ritual team mostly from the Tau Nu Chapter at RPI, to initiate 24 brothers into the revived chapter.

Saturday evening found 80 graduate and undergraduate brothers of the Chi Chapter gathered at the Mohawk River Country Club for the chartering banquet and Pig Dinner. Bill Martin, serving as master of ceremonies, pointed out that, in addition to the re-chartering, the assembled brothers were celebrating two great events that occurred in 1893 – the original Pig Dinner at the University of California and the original chartering of the Chi Chapter.

Richard Rosenthal (1978), decked out in a purple suit, presented commemorative t-shirts to all the brothers. Steve Wall (1984) presented chapter memorabilia that he somehow acquired during the weekend.

On behalf of the International Fraternity, Archon President Scott Mikulecky (Colorado State 1982) welcomed the revived chapter and congratulated all the brothers on their accomplishments. Also attending and representing the Fraternity over the entire weekend was former Archon President Eugene D. “Buddy” Coté (Maine 1981).

Serving as Legate for the re-chartering was John Ottaviano (1980), who in his remarks reminded everyone of the strong history and traditions of the Chi Chapter and recognized the many graduates who played key roles in the Chapter’s return. He then presented to Chapter President Grant Lowe (2015) a new Chi Chapter charter and also unveiled the original charter, which had been found recently. Brother Lowe closed the evening with remarks on behalf of the undergraduate brothers.


Phi Tau Revitalized at Texas Arlington
2/28/2014

EXP_TX ARLINGTON 2014

On February 20, nine gentlemen were pledged into the Phi Tau Chapter at the University of Texas at Arlington. With recruitment efforts still underway, the Phi Tau Chapter is returning to UTA after a four year absence. Director of Expansion Josh Moore (Illinois 2011) and Field Secretary Patrick Stenquist (Arizona State 2013) led this chapter revitalization effort.

This group of gentlemen boasts a combined average GPA of 3.29. Even though the men come from a variety of backgrounds, majors and interests, they are all leaders on campus. They have served as Student Congress Senators, Student Alumni Ambassadors, the United States Army, and the United States Marine Corps. In addition, several of these pledge brothers are involved in the Wounded Warrior Project, Beta Alpha Psi-Finance Society, Collection of Brothers, and the Political Science Club. Welcome back to Fijiland, Phi Tau!

Brother Selected from 1500
2/25/2014
Of 1,500 applicants, Corey Johnson (Western Kentucky 2013) is one of 15 recent grads from ALL OVER THE WORLD who were chosen to participate in Alltech's Career Development Program where the future leaders of global agribusiness are trained for 12 months. Mighty, mighty proud!


Kappa Tau Returns to Tennessee
2/24/2014

EXP Tennessee 2014
The Kappa Tau Chapter at the University of Tennessee was revitalized on February 21 when 44 men were pledged into the Chapter. The six week recruitment effort was led by Field Secretaries Andrew Griffin (Maryland 2011) and Jackson Wood (Georgia 2013). The group’s emphasis on academics is already apparent: with a combined 3.508 GPA, the group ranks first among fraternities and well above the all-men’s average. The men come from a variety of backgrounds, majors, and interests. Many of the men serve as on campus leaders in organizations like the Water Polo Club, Theta Tau Engineering Fraternity, Financial Management Association, Future Business Leaders of America, and Young Conservatives. Others serve roles such as Orientation Leader, members of the student government, and Ignite Team Leader. Kappa Tau will become Phi Gamma Delta’s fifth active chapter in the Volunteer State.    

Brother Climbs Kilimanjaro
2/20/2014
Cornell's Quinn Cox


Congrats to Quinn Cox (Cornell 2015) who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with a team of 12 other students to raise awareness and $15,000 for OperationFistula, a non-profit that provides surgeries for African women suffering from complications during childbirth.











DanceBlue at Kentucky
2/18/2014
Upsilon Kappa brothers at Kentucky have already raised $4,000 for this weekend's DanceBlue, UK's 24-hour dance marathon, to support the patients and families of the Kentucky Children's Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Keep up the good work, brothers!


Going for Guiness
2/17/2014
Here is media coverage of our Sigma Tau brothers at the University of Washington who are attempting the longest played flag football game to enter the Guiness World Book of Records. GOOD LUCK BROTHERS!


Zeta Phi at William Jewell Helps a Brother
2/13/2014

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Brotherly support abounds at William Jewell as Zeta Phi brothers commit all the chapter's philanthropy funds raised this semester to help Wes McKellar (2015), a seminary student, in his battle against an aggressive form of brain cancer. Mighty proud, gentlemen! If you would like to help, contact Harry Schwartz at schwartzh@william.jewell.edu.

Awards at Alberta
2/11/2014
For the sixth consecutive year, our Epsilon Alpha Chapter at Alberta recently won the Dr. Robert Steadward Campus Leadership & Involvement Award. The Chapter also took home the Greek Standards and Excellence Program Award for the highest standing in campus relations, along with the Order of Omega Scholarship Award recognizing outstanding academic achievement. Way to go, brothers!


Brothers Attend AFLV Central
2/10/2014

All of these brothers attended the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values & Central Conference in Indianapolis this past weekend. Thanks for representing Phi Gamma Delta well!

Spring Recruitment Success
2/7/2014
Congrats to our chapters and colonies in the success of their recruiting efforts as the spring 2014 semester gets started! This list will update as pledges continue to register.

Chapter/School   Pledges
Pi Colony / Allegheny   11
Beta Nu / Appalachian State    7
Upsilon Alpha / Arizona   16
Alpha Sigma / Arizona State    11
Beta Sigma / Ball State     10 
Rho Upsilon / California Riverside   13
Chi Lambda / California San Diego   9
Lambda Beta / California State Long Beach    10 
Chi Rho / California Univ. Pennsylvania   8
Xi Deuteron / Case Western Reserve   6
Omega Chi / Chapman   12
Mu Beta / Coastal Carolina   11
Gamma Kappa / Colorado School of Mines   10
Omega / Columbia   5
Sigma Kappa / Connecticut    8
Kappa Nu / Cornell   16
Delta Kappa / Davidson   17
Pi Nu / East Carolina    6 
Epsilon Rho / Embry Riddle   9
Delta Deuteron / Hampden-Sydney    17 
Tau / Hanover   19
Chi Iota / Illinois    12 
Alpha Iota / Iowa State   
Delta Colony / IUPUI   7
Mu Chi / James Madison     9
Beta Mu / Johns Hopkins   8
Alpha Gamma / Kettering   8
Gamma Deuteron / Knox   8
Beta Rho / Louisiana State    10 
Phi Deuteron / Maryland   14
Mu Upsilon/ Miami    35 
Epsilon Lambda / Michigan State   9
Mu Sigma / Minnesota   
Chi Mu / Missouri    10 
Alpha Nu / New Mexico   11
Nu Tau / North Texas     8 
Omicron Deuteron / Ohio State   21
Theta Deuteron / Ohio Wesleyan   16
Omega Deuteron Colony / Old Dominion    8
Nu Beta Colony / Rutgers    13
Delta Colony / Sam Houston State   10
Delta Tau / Southern Methodist   42
Kappa Tau / Tennessee   33
Theta Tau / Tennessee Tech   
Alpha Mu / Texas A&M   11
Phi Tau / Texas Arlington
  7
Tau Delta / Texas Dallas   
Upsilon Tau / Toledo   
Tau Upsilon / Tulane   19
Gamma / Vanderbilt   29
Omicron / Virginia   24
Delta Colony / Virginia Commonwealth   6
Rho Alpha / Virginia Tech    14 
Zeta Deuteron / Washington & Lee   10
Mu Alpha / West Virginia     7 
Chi Eta / Western Kentucky   8
Lambda Omega / Western Ontario   9
Mu / Wisconsin   10
Sigma / Wittenberg   10
     
(Last updated 2/27/2014)


 
Penn State Wins Best Philanthropy
2/6/2014
Penn State_FIJI Push At the recent IFC/Panhellenic Awards at Penn State, our Gamma Phi Chapter took home the Best Philanthropy Award for its 2013 FIJI Push, raising nearly $3,000 for the USO, with help from the women of Pi Beta Phi. The Push involved teams of eight pushing a military hummer down a stretch of Pollock Road, a major thoroughfare of the PSU campus.

On top of this success, the Chapter has already raised $44,000 for THON, Penn State’s 46-hour dance marathon, beating the Chapter’s total raised last year with two weeks to go until the event.

Definitely a proud moment for Gamma Phi!

Figure Skating Hall of Fame Inductee
2/5/2014
Al Beard (MIT 1959) was recently inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in January at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

The interesting part is Al has never figure skated competitively. Read his story.  

Fiji Directs Super Bowl
2/3/2014
Rich Russo (Penn State 1984) directed Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox last night. With 111.5 million viewers, it was the most watched TV telecast of all time! 

Read more here about Brother Russo's role in the show.

Nebraska Brother on American Idol
1/31/2014

Quaid Edwards (Nebraska 2014) makes it to the Hollywood round on American Idol.

Check out his audition.

Timbo Pham WSU's Greek of the Year
1/28/2014
Timbo Pham Greek of YearAnother proud moment as Timbo Pham (Washington State 2014) was named WSU's Outstanding Greek of the Year at last night's Arete Awards Ceremony. Here is how he was introduced: This man’s involvement at WSU defines the term servant leadership. His first sign of altruistic leadership came with his involvement as an Orientation Counselor for Alive, offering up his entire summer twice to help incorporate new students into this institution. Yet, his biggest achievement comes in his contributions to the Greek community. No one has promoted the benefits of joining a fraternal organization more than this man. He does this directly by simply promoting its benefits, but also indirectly by exemplifying what it means to be a steadfast, hardworking, proper fraternity man. This man leads with not only authoritative power, but also by example. This man exemplifies the values of his chapter and the community at large. He has worked tirelessly this past year as a member of the Interfraternity Council and has rallied his entire council to believe that adversity can be overcome, and that change is possible. Please join me in congratulating Timbo Pham, IFC President and brother of Phi Gamma Delta, as this year’s “Outstanding Greek of the Year.”

Microsoft/FB Hackathon Champions
1/23/2014
DePauw's Qian & Kumar

Lambda brothers at DePauw have given us every reason to be proud! Tao Qian (2015) and Rajat Kumar (2015) participated on the winning team at the Microsoft/Facebook Hackathon challenge that lasted for 24 hours on January 17 at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. Of about 100 participants who are college students and full-time software developers, the brothers and another team member created an app that allows users to anonymously ask questions to Facebook friends who can then give honest feedback with no identity attached. Congrats to our winners!




ASU Brothers Raise $600 with Polar Plunge
1/21/2014
Congrats to our Alpha Sigma brothers at Arizona State University who raised over $600 to support the team of Geno Holmquist (2014) in the Brain Tumor Society Walk by hosting the Fiji Polar Plunge.

Redecorating at IHQ
1/20/2014
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If you have visited the International Headquarters in the past few weeks, you've noticed we have had some renovations going on in the lobby, library, hallways, and Executive Director's office. Here are a few pics of our redecoration.

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TIME's First Cover of 2014: Seth Meyers
1/14/2014
 
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Time Magazine's first cover of 2014 features Seth Meyers (Northwestern 1996). Check him out.








Academy Kick-off Video
1/8/2014




Click on the logo to view the video that played at the Opening Leadership Dinner of the 39th Fji Academy to welcome brothers to St. Louis for the weekend.






Nu Epsilon Raises $5,000 at NYU
12/11/2013
News from our Nu Epsilon Chapter at New York University: during NYU's first Dance Marathon to support the B+ Foundation that focuses on kids helping kids fight cancer, the Chapter raised $3,425 PLUS $1,600 from Jack Zabelny (2016) who additionally raised funds through participation in a marathon in Las Vegas, for a grand total of more than $5,000! Hats off to your success, brothers!

FIJI v. FIJI at SMU
12/10/2013
 
SMU football

Not only did one team of Delta Tau brothers at Southern Methodist win the Greek league champio
nship in intramural football, but another team of Delta Tau brothers won the Open league championship. Thus two teams of Fijis faced off in the all-university championship at SMU. Winners shown below, and congrats all around. Great strategy at getting our name out, brothers!


Run Across Virginia Raises $49,000
12/5/2013
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, our Rho Alpha Chapter at Virginia Tech along with the Omicron Chapter at UVA raised over $49,000 this year in their 11th annual Fijis Run Across Virginia football run for the Jimmy V Foundation. Over the past 10 years doing this Run, the chapters have raised over $400,000 for this organization. Congrats and thanks for making us proud!

Puck Run Raises $2,000+
12/4/2013
We just learned that our Tau Nu Chapter at RPI collaborated with the colony at Union for a Puck Run prior to the RPI-Union varsity hockey game on 11/15 that jointly raised nearly $2,500 for the USO. Congrats on your success, brothers!

Winners at Allegheny
11/26/2013






Not only did the Pi Colony at Allegheny College win Greek Week, the Colony also won Greek Sing. Congrats on your recent success! Keep up the good work.





$7,000 Raised for Suicide Prevention at Indiana State
11/18/2013

Indiana State Out of DarknessIota Sigma at Indiana State University raised $7,000 on November 2 with its third annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention organization.

T
he walk was held on the ISU campus and was open to the community. With 235 participants, the fraternity tripled the previous year’s amount raised and smashed the 2013 goal of $5,000. Billy Allen (2014) worked tirelessly to make his final walk something to remember.

With new ideas for next year, the chapter hopes to raise the awareness for suicide prevention and raise more for the cause.

Thanks for making us proud!

Tom Ryan Makes URI History
11/14/2013

Tom Ryan (Rhode Island 1975) has made history at  the University of Rhode Island. 

With his wife, Cathy, the couple has donated $15 million to create the George and Ann Ryan Institute for  Neuroscience, which will focus on neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS. Given in honor of Tom's parents, this is URI's largest private gift in the university's history.

A graduate of URI's pharmacy program, Tom retired two years ago as former chairman, president and CEO of CVS Caremark.

Here is the complete story.


Lambda Pi at DePaul Joins Fijiland
11/6/2013

Lambda Pi at DePaul UniversityThe Lambda Pi Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta was installed November 2, 2013, at DePaul University. With the addition of Lambda Pi, Phi Gamma Delta grows to 126 Chapters and 19 Delta Colonies. Through the weekend’s ceremonies, 35 brothers were pledged and initiated into the Fraternity. The Chapter takes its name from the fact the University’s campus is centered in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.

The celebration began on the afternoon of Friday, November 1, in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. Executive Director Bill Martin led the future brothers and pledges through the traditional Indoctrination School, which is a recap of the Fraternity’s history, organizational chart, and values. Then the graduate brothers looked on as the Ritual team pledged the 35 men into the Fraternity

Later that evening, the Evening with the Fijis Reception took place on DePaul’s historic Lincoln Park Campus. The entire campus community was invited to share in the experience of Phi Gamma Delta officially joining the Greek community at DePaul.

On Saturday, November 2, two initiation ceremonies were held to initiate the first 35 brothers into the Lambda Pi Chapter. The Phi Chapter at Northwestern University generously accommodated the Lambda Pi men for their introduction into the mysteries of Phi Gamma Delta. The ritual ceremonies were conducted under the supervision of Ritualist Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) and performed by the following brothers Chapter President Rolf Ieuter (Wisconsin 2014), Chapter Treasurer  Matt Ashton (Wisconsin 2015), Recording Secretary John Kim (Northwestern 2015), Corresponding Secretary Justin Erb (Northwestern 2015), Chapter Historian Derek Huser (Iowa State 2014) with the following brothers served as Directors: Trent Purdy (Iowa State 2016), Nate Burger (Iowa State 2016) and Andrew Boston (Northwestern 2014).

On Saturday evening, graduate brothers, the new initiates and guests gathered for the Chartering Installation Banquet and Pig Dinner. Bill Martin served as Master of Ceremonies, with Archon President Scott Mikulecky (Colorado State 1982) delivering the keynote address. Archon Vice President Mike Lucas (Bradley 1983) and Councilor Eli Krambeer (Iowa State 2014) were also on-site representing the International Fraternity throughout the weekend. Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life Ashlee Canty gave welcoming remarks on behalf of the University. Legate Skip Buckley (Wittenberg 1980) followed with his own remarks and then delivered into the hands of Chapter President Mike Cannella (DePaul 2014) the Lambda Pi Charter. Brother Cannella closed the evening by giving his remarks and his vision of the future of the Chapter.

Congrats, Lambda Pi!

Please send notes of congratulations to the Lambda Pi brothers in care of:

Mike Cannella, Chapter President
Lambda Pi of Phi Gamma Delta
2250 N. Sheffield Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60614

NIC's Greeks in Pro Football
10/24/2013

The National Interfraternity Conference recently released its listing of Greeks in Pro Football. Phi Gam brothers on the list include:

  • Long Snapper Morgan Cox (Tennessee 2009) of the Baltimore Ravens;
  • Kicker Billy Cundiff (Drake 2002) of the Cleveland Browns;
  • Long Snapper Cullen Loeffler (Texas 2003) of the Minnesota Vikings
  • Coach Greg Schiano (Bucknell 1988) of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers

Here is the complete list.

 

Costolo Forbes Cover Story
10/21/2013

Dick Costolo (Michigan 1985)




The October 28 issue of Forbes magazine features Dick Costolo (Michigan 1985), CEO of twitter, as the cover story.

Making us proud, Brother!




Successful Purple Run at WKU
10/16/2013
The Chi Eta Chapter at Western Kentucky University hosted its Purple Run on Saturday to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

While the 5k fundraiser raised $3200, brothers also presented the Alzheimer's Association with a $32,700 check from the 2012 Bike4Alz cross-country bike ride. A third ride is planned for 2014.

Here is the complete story.

2012-13 Award Winners Announced
9/27/2013

Congratulations to following chapters and brothers for placing in the 2012-2013 Phi Gamma Delta Awards Competition!

BAKER CUP: Awarded for focusing on religious, ethical and social service activities.

First Place: Chi Eta at Western Kentucky University
Second Place: Sigma Tau at University of Washington
Third Place: Kappa Deuteron at University of Georgia
Honorable Mention: Zeta at Indiana University
Omicron at University of Virginia
Upsilon Alpha at the University of Arizona
Beta Sigma at Ball State University
Gamma Tau at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Iota Sigma at Indiana State University
Chi Deuteron at Kansas State University
Kappa Omicron at Oregon State University
Lambda Iota at Purdue University
Theta Tau at Tennessee Technological University

BRIGHTMAN GRADUATE CHAPTER AWARD: Presented to the most outstanding graduate chapter in the Fraternity.

Over 75 Members

First Place: Seattle Washington Graduate Chapter
Second Place: Washington D.C. (National Capital Fijis)   
Third Place: Columbus Ohio Graduate Chapter

Under 75 Members
First Place: Southwest Florida Graduate Chapter
Second Place: Chattanooga Tennessee Graduate Chapter
Third Place: Nashville Tennessee Graduate Chapter

BRIGHTMAN TROPHY: Presented to the undergraduate chapter which best demonstrates that Phi Gamma Delta is “not for college days alone.”
First Place: Sigma Tau at University of Washington
Second Place: Chi Eta at Western Kentucky University
Third Place: Kappa Deuteron at University of Georgia
Honorable Mention: Beta Sigma at Ball State University
Delta Xi at the University of California Berkeley
Gamma Kappa at Colorado School of Mines
Nu Omega at the University of Oklahoma
Lambda Iota at Purdue University
Tau Kappa at the University of Toronto
Sigma at Wittenberg University

CHENEY CUP: Awarded for the greatest all-around efficiency in scholarship, fraternity relationships and general collegiate activities.
First Place: Chi Eta at Western Kentucky University
Second Place: Sigma Tau at the University of Washington
Third Place: Kappa Deuteron at the University of Georgia
Honorable Mention: Beta Sigma at Ball State University

CONDON CUP: Awarded for the greatest improvement in scholarship, extracurricular activities and fraternity relationships.
First Place: Zeta at Indiana University
Second Place: Nu Kappa at the University of Nebraska Kearney
Third Place: Gamma Tau at Georgia Institute of Technology
Honorable Mention: Lambda at DePauw University
Delta Iota at Drake University
Lambda Iota at Purdue University
Theta Tau at Tennessee Technological University
Omicron at the University of Virginia

COON PLAQUE: Awarded for the best chapter publication.
First Place: Chi Eta at Western Kentucky University
Second Place: Sigma Tau at University of Washington
Third Place: Alpha Sigma at Arizona State University
Honorable Mention: Beta Nu at Appalachian State University
Delta Iota at Drake University
Nu Kappa at the University of Nebraska Kearney
Theta Tau at Tennessee Technological University             

CROWDER CUP: Presented to the most outstanding faculty advisor.
First Place: Dr. Ray J. Blankenship (Kentucky 1984, Western Kentucky GA 2010) for Western Kentucky University
Honorable Mention: Lou Ann Simpson for Drake University
Stephen C. Crowe (Cincinnati 1972) for the University of Cincinnati

COULTER CUP: Awarded for service to an undergraduate chapter other than as Purple Legionnaire.
First Place: Robert P. Anderegg (Southern California 1971, Western Kentucky GA 2010) for Western Kentucky University
Distinguished Service: Ryan J. Bebee (Oklahoma State 1995) for Oklahoma State University
Charles R. DeWitt
(Cincinnati 1972) for the University of Cincinnati
Ryan D. McFarland
(Ball State 2002) for Indiana State University

DURRANCE AWARD: Presented to the most outstanding Purple Legionnaire.
First Place: Stephen E. Caine (New Mexico 1997) for Chapman University
Distinguished Service: Dr. Michael C. Ashman (Indiana 1991) for Ball State University
Eric M. Jasso (Missouri 2005) for the University of Missouri
Eric D. Knam (Oklahoma State 1992) for Oklahoma State University
Kirk B. Maag (Oregon State 2005) for Oregon State University
Dustin B. Ogle (Indiana State 2002) for Indiana State University
Stephan T. Polyak (Iowa 1991) for the University of Iowa            

HAYNES AWARD: Presented to the Fraternity’s most outstanding Section Chief.
First Place: Bradley R. Whiting (Washington 1980)
Distinguished Service: Kirk D. Walden (Texas Arlington 1972)
Joseph A. Weist (Rose Hulman 1987, Evansville GA 2000)
Jay R. Winkelhake (Colorado School of Mines 2000)
Robert F. Zwolinski (Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1997)

JORDAN BOWL: Awarded for achieving the highest scholarship among undergraduate chapters.
First Place: Chi Eta at Western Kentucky University
Second Place: Nu Kappa at the University of Nebraska Kearney
Third Place: Kappa Deuteron at the University of Georgia
Honorable Mention: Beta Sigma at Ball State University
Lambda at DePauw University
Zeta at Indiana University
Sigma Tau at the University of Washington

OWEN CUP: Awarded for the greatest improvement in scholarship.
First Place: Lambda at DePauw University
Second Place: Beta Sigma at Ball State University
Third Place: Epsilon Alpha at the University of Alberta
Honorable Mention: Tau Nu at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

WILKINSON AWARD: Presented annually to the Fraternity’s most outstanding senior.
First Place: Matthew B. Moore (Kansas 2013)
Honorable Mention: Tyler O. Anderson (Colorado School of Mines 2013)
C. Corbin Frye (Indiana 2013)
Mitchell G. Keating (Kansas State 2012)
Dylan H. Ward (Western Kentucky 2013)

ZERMAN TROPHY: Awarded for promoting the involvement of brothers in student government, the campus newspaper and extracurricular activities.
First Place: Chi Eta at Western Kentucky University
Second Place: Sigma Tau at the University of Washington
Third Place: Kappa Deuteron at the University of Georgia
Honorable Mention: Delta Iota at Drake University
Gamma Tau at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Zeta at Indiana University

Here is an historical list of past award winners.

Downing Appointed to Archonate
9/18/2013

Archon Councilor Bill Downing


William E. Downing
(Wittenberg 2015) was appointed Archon Councilor for a two-year term beginning September 2013. He is a political science major with minors in urban studies and economics. On campus he has been a student organizations senator and served on the executive board of the student union. Bill is president of the Sigma Chapter and previously served as recruitment chairman. He attended the 2012 Ekklesia and the 2013 Fiji Academy, in addition to serving as treasurer on the ritual team for the re-chartering at Ohio Wesleyan in March 2013.

 

Fall 2013 Recruitment Success
9/5/2013
Congrats to our chapters and colonies in the success of their recruiting efforts as the fall semester gets started! This list will update as pledges continue to register.

University/Chapter        Recruits
Alabama / Theta     45 
Alberta / Epsilon Alpha   23
Allegheny / Pi Colony   
Appalachian State / Beta Nu   17
Arizona / Upsilon Alpha   41
Arizona State / Alpha Sigma   36
Arkansas / Phi Alpha   41 
Austin Peay State / Delta Colony   6
Ball State / Beta Sigma   21
British Columbia / Pi Gamma   22
Calgary / Upsilon Chi    
California Berkeley / Delta Xi    12 
California Riverside / Rho Upsilon   13 
California San Diego / Chi Lambda   13
California State Long Beach / Lambda Beta   18
Case Western / Xi Deuteron    13
Central Arkansas / Delta Colony    17 
Central Florida / Omega Phi   14
Chapman / Omega Chi   22
Cincinnati / Chi Omicron   
Coastal Carolina / Mu Beta   11
College of Charleston / Lambda Chi   17
Colorado School of Mines / Gamma Kappa   13
Delaware / Nu Delta   
DePaul / Delta Colony   7
East Carolina / Pi Nu   18
Embry-Riddle / Epsilon Rho   17
Evansville / Epsilon Iota    12 
Florida / Upsilon Phi   23
Georgia / Kappa Deuteron    28 
Georgia Tech / Gamma Tau   28
Gettysburg / Xi   
Idaho / Mu Iota   26
Illinois / Chi Iota   29
Illinois Wesleyan / Alpha Deuteron   17
Indiana / Zeta     27 
Indiana State / Iota Sigma    11
Iowa / Mu Deuteron   24
Iowa State / Alpha Iota   27
IUPUI / Delta Colony   19 
James Madison / Mu Chi   16
Johns Hopkins / Beta Mu   
Kansas / Pi Deuteron   25
Kansas State / Chi Deuteron   21
Kentucky / Upsilon Kappa    23
Louisiana State / Beta Rho   30
Maryland / Phi Deuteron   
Massachusetts / Delta Colony   
Michigan State / Epsilon Lambda   28
Minnesota / Mu Sigma   19
Mississippi State / Sigma Mu   22
Missouri / Chi Mu   26
Missouri State / Psi Mu     29 
Monmouth / Delta Colony   
Nebraska / Lambda Nu   26
Nebraska Kearney / Nu Kappa   9
New Mexico / Alpha Nu   11
New York / Nu Epsilon   7
North Alabama / Phi Upsilon     14 
North Carolina / Epsilon    11 
North Carolina State / Nu Sigma   10 
North Texas / Nu Tau   22
Nova Southeastern / Delta Colony   20
Ohio / Alpha Omega Colony    10 
Ohio Northern / Delta Colony   13
Ohio State / Omicron Deuteron     14 
Oklahoma / Nu Omega   58
Oklahoma State / Sigma Omicron    30
Oklahoma City / Delta Colony   6
Old Dominion / Omega Deuteron Colony    21 
Oregon State / Kappa Omicron   20
Pennsylvania State / Gamma Phi    14 
Purdue / Lambda Iota    30 
Rhode Island / Kappa Rho  
Rowan / Delta Colony   9
RPI / Tau Nu   
Sam Houston State / Delta Colony   12
San Diego / Delta Colony   
San Diego State / Sigma Delta   21
Southern California / Sigma Chi   23
Texas / Tau Deuteron   43
Texas A&M / Alpha Mu   27
Texas Dallas / Tau Delta   15
Toledo / Upsilon Tau   19
Union / Chi Colony   6
Virginia Commonwealth / Delta Colony   20
Virginia Tech / Rho Alpha   16
Wabash / Psi     22 
Washington / Sigma Tau   301
Washington State / Pi Mu   18
Western Kentucky / Chi Eta   14
Western Michigan / Kappa Mu Colony   16
Western Ontario / Lambda Omega   18
William Woods / Kappa Chi   11
Wisconsin / Mu   27
Wittenberg / Sigma    13 
     
Remember, this list will update as pledges continue to register. (Last updated 10/31/2013)

Dean Smith to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
8/8/2013

Sports_Smith,DeanPresident Barack Obama announced on August 8, 2013 that legendary basketball coach Dean Smith (Kansas 1953) will be one of this year’s 16 honorees for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The President stated, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. This year's honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation's gratitude."

Brother Smith, a Kansas native, was the head basketball coach for 36 years at the University of North Carolina. He compiled 879 victories and two national championships.

Brother Smith will join the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Ernie Banks, and President Bill Clinton in this year’s class.

Here's the complete story.

 

Spurlock's "Inside Man" Debuts Sunday on CNN
6/19/2013

Mark your calendars for 10 p.m. EST this Sunday to watch CNN’s original series, Inside Man, hosted and produced by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock (New York 1993).

The eight-episode series will take a behind-the-scenes look at bankruptcy, education, gun owners, union workers, elder care, the drought, and migrant farm workers. The premier episode will focus on medical marijuana.

Here is the complete story.


Sigma Delta Recharters at San Diego State
5/31/2013

Sigma Delta chartering at San Diego StateThe Sigma Delta Chapter officially returned to the campus of San Diego State University after an absence of eight years. Through the diligence and hard work of the men on campus, Phi Gamma Delta has grown to number 127 Chapters and 17 colonies. Sigma Delta joins our Chi Lambda Chapter at the University of California San Diego making two FIJI chapters in San Diego and eight in California.

Sigma Delta was recolonized on March 15, 2011, through the efforts of Field Secretaries Jacob D. Cramer (Oregon State 2009) and C. Ryan Pigg (North Alabama 2009). Over the two years as a colony, the men of Sigma Delta worked to establish a strong foothold on campus with involvement in a variety of activities and academic excellence, reaching #1 in grades during the fall 2012 semester.

On Friday May 3, 2013, Executive Director Bill Martin led the men of Sigma Delta through the traditional Indoctrination School at the Sigma Delta chapter house on campus. Following this session, the graduate brothers and ritual team looked on as the first 30 men were pledged into the Sigma Delta Chapter.

The following morning Archon President Scott Mikulecky (Colorado State 1982) installed Miles Acker (San Diego State 1987) as the official Legate and the initiation ceremonies were conducted. Fraternity Ritualist Ed Gabe (Hannover 1990) supervised the Ritual team consisting of President Josh Laufenberg (Illinois 2008), Treasurer Jesse DelBono (California San Diego 2014), Recording Secretary Kevin Wilson (Chapman 2012), Corresponding Secretary Zach Macias (California State Long Beach 2014) and Historian Rogelio Guitierrez (California State Long Beach 2015). The officers were assisted by Michael Robledo (California Irvine 2013), Russell Hoover (California San Diego 2015), Josh Roxas (California Irvine 2015) and Jesse Saroy (California Irvine 2015)

The installation banquet took place that evening with family, friends and dates joining graduate brothers in celebration. Bill Martin served as the master of ceremonies, and Scott Mikulecky gave the keynote address on behalf of the International Fraternity. Also on hand to represent the Fraternity were Archon Councilor Glenn Moor (Texas Tech 1984), former Archon Ken Sobel (Arizona 1975) and Director of Graduate Development Rob Caudill (Akron 2004).

The banquet was well attended by Sigma Delta and local graduate brothers. During the ceremonies Miles Acker, Purple Legionnaire Dennis Picht (Oregon State 2002) and BCA member Jim Miller (San Diego State 1992) were all recognized by the Archons for their service to the Chapter and Fraternity. Additionally, Fiji sire Scott Sutcliff (SDSU 1988) and his son, James Sutcliff (SDSU 2013), were recognized as Sires and Sons. As the first initiate of the Sigma Delta Chapter and re-chartering Legate, Miles Acker gave poignant remarks before presenting Chapter President Javier Gomez (2014) with the Sigma Delta charter.

Welcome back, Sigma Delta!

Congratulations may be sent to Sigma Delta brothers via Javier Gomez or to the chapter house at 5804 Montezuma Rd., San Diego, CA  92115.

Miami Chapter House Fire
5/29/2013

Miami house fireA fire at the Mu Upsilon chapter house at Miami University (Oxford, OH) on Friday night, May 24, caused extensive damage. Fortunately, there were no injuries.  The cause of the fire is not yet known but is under investigation.

Graduate brothers of the House Corporation and Board of Chapter Advisors, as well as undergraduate leaders, are addressing the matters that are essential at this stage and are responding admirably to a difficult situation. Thirteen brothers who were living in the house for the summer have been displaced and have lost personal property kept in the house. Dr. Barbara Jones, the Vice President for Student Affairs, and her staff have been directly involved in helping those brothers find alternative housing and replace personal items. 

The House Corporation is exploring housing options for the Chapter for the fall.

 

College of Charleston's Islander Week Raises $10K
5/28/2013

Lambda Chi brothers at the College of Charleston planned a week of events that paid off big in reaching their philanthropy goal. With a different event for five nights, FIJI Islander week raised $10,000 for the USO in South Carolina!

Here is the complete story.

Way to go, brothers!     

New Faces, New Responsibilities
5/17/2013

While often times things stay the same, this spring is bringing staff changes to the International Headquarters. Six snaps to the following brothers for their dedication to Phi Gamma Delta.

DOE_Todd Rotgers
Todd Rotgers
(Minnesota 2011) is coming to Lexington to fill the Director of Education position. Prior to joining the staff, Todd completed his master’s in college student personnel at Western Illinois University. While at Western Illinois, he was a Greek Life graduate assistant in the Office of Student Activities and the house director for Delta Upsilon Fraternity. As an undergraduate, Todd served as Chapter President and held several positions in the Office of Student Affairs at Minnesota.
 
 

FS_Moore
Field Secretary Josh Moore (Illinois 2011) was appointed to fill the position of Director of Expansion upon the departure of Brett Pytel (Toledo 2009) earlier this month. With the completion of this spring’s expansion at Sam Houston State University, Josh has now participated in four colonization projects. As an undergraduate, he attended 160th and 162nd Ekklesiai, as well as the 2010 Fiji Academy. At his Chi Iota Chapter, he served as Pledge Educator, Philanthropy Chairman, and Chapter President. On campus, Josh was involved in the IFC, Order of Omega, Habitat for Humanity, and received the IFC Greek Man of the Year Award. As Field Secretary #169, he served as a colony specialist.


DOEd Rob CaudillIn January this year, Rob Caudill (Akron 2004) stepped into a new role as Director of Graduate Development on the Headquarters staff. This new Fraternity position includes several responsibilities related to the Graduate Involvement initiative, including graduate chapters, Pig Dinners, chapter communications, reunions and graduating seniors. Two significant additional responsibilities are recruitment of graduate volunteers (in coordination with the Section Chiefs) and graduate volunteer training. Rob served as Director of Education from 2006-2012 and as a Field Secretary from 2004-2006. He graduated with a bachelor’s in biology, and in 2011 completed his master’s in public administration at the University of Kentucky, focusing on nonprofit management.
 

Bando Selected for College Baseball Hall of Fame
5/16/2013

Sports_Bando
The College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, TX, announced its 2013 induction class of two, and one is a Fiji.

Third baseman Sal Bando (Arizona State 1966) led the Sun Devils to two College World Series appearances and was named Most Valuable Player at the 1965 CWS tournament. Following a stellar big league career, he was named to the College World Series Legends Team in 2010.

The College Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in Lubbock in early July.

Making us proud!  

Meyers Carries on PGD's Late Night Tradition
5/13/2013

Entertainment_MeyersSeth Meyers (Northwestern 1996) has been named the new host of “Late Night” on NBC. Seth follows in the footsteps of the “King of Late Night” Johnny Carson (Nebraska 1949), who hosted the “Tonight Show” on NBC for 30 years.

Brother Meyers is currently the Head Writer and Weekend Update Host on Saturday Night Live. He will continue in this role until the new Late Night is launched in February of 2014. 

Here's the complete story.

Congrats, Seth! 

Epsilon Rho Charters at Embry-Riddle
4/29/2013

Embry-Riddle charteringThe Epsilon Rho Chapter was installed April 20, 2013, at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. With the addition of Epsilon Rho, Phi Gamma Delta grows to 126 Chapters and 17 Delta Colonies. Through the weekend’s ceremonies, 48 brothers were pledged initiated into the Fraternity.

The celebration began on the afternoon of Friday, April 19, 2013, with the Evening with the Fijis Reception on a balcony overlooking the Daytona Beach airfield and University flight line. The entire campus community was invited to share in the experience of Phi Gamma Delta officially joining the Greek community at Riddle.

Later that evening, Executive Director Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975), led the future brothers and pledges through the traditional Indoctrination School, which is a recap of the Fraternity’s history, organizational chart, and values. Then the graduate brothers looked on as the Ritual team pledged the 48 men into the Fraternity.

On Saturday, April 20, two initiation ceremonies were held to initiate the first 48 brothers into the Epsilon Rho Chapter. The ritual ceremonies were conducted under the supervision of Ritualist Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) and performed by the following brothers:  Chapter President William Donayre (Florida International 2014), Chapter Treasurer Daniel Diaz (Florida International 2013), Recording Secretary Tyler Ebner (Central Florida 2015), Corresponding Secretary Roberto Mendoza (Central Florida 2016), Historian Cory Carbone (Central Florida 2013) and the following brothers served as Directors: Cayce Harburg (UCF 2014), Travis Allen (Central Florida 2015), Alex Lorenzo (Central Florida 2015), Jesse Maginnis (Central Florida 2013), Sigfried Bueno (Central Florida 2017), Troy Slinkard (Central Florida 2015), and Mario Arcila (Florida International 2016).

Saturday evening graduate brothers and the new initiates gathered for the chartering installation banquet and Pig Dinner. Director of Chapter Services JB Goll (Nebraska 2001) served as Master of Ceremonies, with Archon Treasurer Porter Robinson (Mississippi State 1975) delivering the keynote address. Legate Bud Mangels (Indiana 1952) followed with his own remarks and then delivered into the hands of Chapter President Corbin McKeon (Embry Riddle 2014) the Epsilon Rho charter. Brother McKeon closed the evening by giving his remarks and his vision of the future of the Chapter.

Congratulations to our newest brothers!

Please send your note of congratulations to the Epsilon Rho brothers in care of:

Corbin McKeon, Chapter President
Epsilon Rho of Phi Gamma Delta
600 S. Clyde Morris Drive
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
 

NIC Releases All-Fraternity Basketball Team
4/12/2013

The North-American Interfraternity Conference has released its annual All-Fraternity All-American Basketball Team. Fijis named to the team include Tim Bass (Hanover 2015), third team, and Jim Crews (Indiana 1976), who was selected to the listing of honorable mention coaches.

The list is made up of players from all NCAA Divisions and the NAIA. Nominations of standout players and coaches came from fraternity headquarters, Greek advisors, sports information directors, Greek alumni and undergraduates. 

Here is the complete list.

Congrats, brothers! 
 

Ridgway Leaves Record Gift to U of Evansville
4/9/2013
William Ridgway
When Dr. William L. Ridgway (Indiana 1943) passed ad astra on March 8, his estate set a record for the University of Evansville with a $39 million gift, the largest single gift made to UE from an individual or corporation.


Even though he graduated from IU, he adopted the University of Evansville as his alma mater and served as a lifetime trustee. His goal was to ensure that all students attending UE received an outstanding education to prepare them for success after college.

Here is the complete story


IHQ Welcomes New Field Secretaries
4/4/2013

The International Headquarters is pleased to announce the three new Field Secretaries who will be joining our staff for the 2013-14 school year. 
 

Adam Wagner
Adam Wagner (Ohio State 2013) will serve as the 175th Field Secretary. Adam will graduate in May from the Ohio State University, with a degree in Political Science. A native of Tiffin, Ohio, Brother Wagner served the Omicron Deuteron Chapter as a member of the Rivalry Run Committee, Recruitment Committee, and as Chapter President. He was a delegate to the 37th and 38th Fiji Academies and the 164th Ekklesia. Adam currently serves as an assistant in Senator John Glenn’s office and had previously served as an IFC Vice President, Greek Judicial Board Chairman, and a Student Government assembly member.

 


Jackson Wood

Jackson Wood (Georgia 2013)
will serve as the 176th Field Secretary. Jackson will graduate in May from the University of Georgia, with a degree in Economics. A native of Dunwoody  (Atlanta), Georgia, Jackson served the Kappa Deuteron Chapter on the Awards Committee and as Scholarship Chairman. Jackson was a member of the Ritual team at the Coastal Carolina chartering. On campus, Jackson is a student worker in the Terry College of Business and on the Dean’s List.

 


Patrick Stenquist

Patrick Stenquist (Arizona State 2013)
will serve as the 177th Field Secretary. Patrick will graduate in May from Arizona State University, with a degree in Health Sciences/Pre Med. A native of Glendale, Arizona, Patrick served the Alpha Sigma Chapter as Philanthropy Chairman, Pledge Educator, and Recording Secretary. He was a delegate to 164th Ekklesia. On campus Patrick served as an IFC Delegate and then as IFC President. 



Welcome aboard, brothers! 

 

Fijiland Welcomes Sam Houston State
4/1/2013
Delta Colony @ Sam Houston State

The Delta Colony at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, became the ninth Fiji presence throughout the state on 
March 21 when 21 founding fathers were welcomed into Phi Gamma Delta

The six-week recruitment effort was led by Field Secretaries Josh Moore (Illinois 2010) and Andrew Griffin (Maryland 2011). The group’s emphasis on academics is already apparent - with a combined 3.24 GPA, they have the highest average GPA of the Greek organizations on campus.

Even though the men come from a variety of backgrounds, majors and interests, they are all leaders on campus. They have served as Orange Keys Ambassadors, residence advisors, and orientation leaders. In addition, several of the founding fathers have led organizations such as Lambda Alpha Epsilon (for criminal justice), Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (for musicians), the Tennis Club, and Collegiate FFA.

Welcome to Fijiland, gentlemen!


Re-chartering Theta Deuteron at OWU for 110th Pig Dinner
3/28/2013

The Theta Deuteron Chapter at Ohio Wesleyan University was re-installed March 23, 2013. With the return of Theta Deuteron, Phi Gamma Delta grows to 125 Chapters and 19 Delta Colonies. Through the weekend’s ceremonies, 46 brothers were pledged and 45 were initiated into the Fraternity. 

On the afternoon of Friday, March 22, Executive Director Bill Martin led the future brothers and pledges through the traditional Indoctrination School, explaining the Fraternity’s history, organizational chart, and values. Following that, Jack McKinnie (Ohio Wesleyan 1954) was installed as Legate. Then Adam Wagner (Ohio State 2013) and Bill Downing (Wittenberg 2015) pledged the 46 men into the Fraternity. 

On Saturday, March 23, two initiation ceremonies were held to initiate the first 45 brothers into the Theta Deuteron Chapter. The Ritual ceremonies were conducted under the supervision of Director of Chapter Development Josh Laufenberg (Illinois 2008) and performed by the following brothers: Chapter President Adam Wagner (Ohio State 2013), Chapter Treasurer Bill Downing (Wittenberg 2015), Recording Secretary Josh Kohlschmidt (Ohio State 2014), Corresponding Secretary Anthony Scamaldo (Toledo 2013), and Chapter Historian Jacob Kershner (Toledo 2013). The following brothers served as Directors: Charlie Althizer (Ohio State 2015), Gregory Gernetzke (Wittenberg 2015) and Kelsie Pritchard (Ohio State 2013). 

Saturday evening graduate brothers and the new initiates gathered for the chartering banquet and Frank Norris Pig Dinner, Theta Deuteron’s 110th. Bill Martin served as Master of Ceremonies, with Archon Treasurer Porter Robinson (Mississippi State 1975) delivering the keynote address. Ohio Wesleyan was represented by University President Dr. Rock Jones who updated the graduates on the current state of the University and Greek community. Former Archon Presidents Doug Dittrick (Ohio Wesleyan 1954) and Bill Miller (Indiana 1962, Purdue GA 1996) also were on hand to represent the International Fraternity. Legate Jack McKinney followed with his own remarks and then delivered into the hands of Chapter President Ryan Kaplan (Ohio Wesleyan 2015) the Theta Deuteron charter. Brother Kaplan closed the evening by giving his remarks and his vision of the future of the Chapter.

Send notes of congratulations to the Theta Deuteron brothers in care of:

Ryan Kaplan, Chapter President
Theta Deuteron of Phi Gamma Delta
HWCC Room 143
61 S. Sandusky Street
Delaware, OH  43015
 

Sigma Kappa Charters at UConn
3/20/2013

On March 9, the Sigma Kappa Chapter was installed at the University of Connecticut, making 124 Phi Gamma Delta Chapters and 19 Delta Colonies. Through the weekend’s ceremonies, 92 brothers were pledged and 78 were initiated into the Fraternity.

The celebrations began with a curveball from Mother Nature in the form of a late snow storm that cancelled many of the Friday evening festivities. In the spirit of Calvin Coolidge, the men of Sigma Kappa persisted and began Saturday morning by pledging themselves to the International Fraternity. Following the pledging, former Archon President Eugene D. "Buddy" Coté (Maine 1981) was installed as the official Legate for the Chapter.

The three initiation ceremonies were conducted under the supervision of Ritualist Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) and performed by the following brothers: Chapter President Michael Hogan (WPI 2014), Chapter Treasurer Michael Guzman (WPI 2014), Recording Secretary Gordie Folinas (WPI 2013), Corresponding Secretary Edward Terwillinger (Rhode Island 2015), Chapter Historian Paul O’Brien (WPI 2014), with the following brothers serving as Directors: Dan Reagan (Rhode Island 2016), Kevin Walsh (Rhode Island 2013), Tyler Hansen (Rhode Island 2013),  John Brunelli (WPI 2011) and James Reese (WPI 2011).

Saturday evening graduate brothers and the new initiates gathered for the chartering installation banquet. Bill Martin served as Master of Ceremonies, with Archon President Scott Mikulecky (Colorado 1982) delivering the keynote address. Legate Buddy Coté  followed with his own remarks and then delivered into the hands of Chapter President Connor Scott (Connecticut 2014) the Sigma Kappa charter. Brother Scott closed the evening by giving his remarks and his vision of the future of the Chapter. 

Congratulations to our newest brothers at UConn!

Please send your note of congratulations to the Sigma Kappa brothers in care of:

Connor Scott, Chapter President
Sigma Kappa of Phi Gamma Delta
c/o University of Connecticut
Student Union #315
2110 Hillside Road #3008
Storrs, CT  06269
 

Twitter CEO Selected Commencement Speaker at UMich
3/19/2013
Dick Costolo (Michigan 1985), CEO of Twitter, will experience what he refers to as "one of life's major moments" on May 4 when he gives the 2013 commencement address in the Big House at the University of Michigan.

Brother Costolo was on the UMich campus in November where he addressed a packed Rackham Auditorium. 

Here is the complete story.

Great Press in Oregon
3/8/2013
See the great press coverage (and outstanding photo) our Epsilon Omicron Colony received in the University of Oregon's student newspaper.

Making us proud!

Allegheny Fijis Raise $1,000 for USO
3/1/2013
At Allegheny College, our Pi Colony hosted a Valentines Day Fiji Date Auction that raised $1,000 for the USO.

Now our brothers' good works and dedication to service is featured on the USO's website. Here's the full story

Way to go, gentlemen!

 
UBC's MacKinnon Selected Provincial Champion
2/27/2013
Enactus Canada, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise, selected Erik MacKinnon (British Columbia 2013) as 2013 Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion representing British Columbia.

In addition to being a full-time student, Brother MacKinnon also runs his company, Gravytrain, a Vancouver-based content and copywriting provider for small to medium sized businesses.

He will compete for the Western Regional title against three other students on March 8. Here is the complete story.

Good luck, brother! 


Iota Sigma Alive and Well at Indiana State
2/22/2013

Indiana State charteringThe Iota Sigma Chapter was re-installed at Indiana State University on February 16, 2013. With the return of Iota Sigma, Phi Gamma Delta grows to 123 Chapters and 20 Delta Colonies. Through the weekend’s ceremonies, 37 brothers were pledged and 36 were initiated into the Fraternity.

The celebration began on the afternoon of Friday February 15 with Archon President Scott Mikulecky (Colorado State 1982) leading the future brothers and pledges through the traditional Indoctrination School, which is a recap of the Fraternity’s history, organizational chart, and values. Following the Indoctrination School, Don Mighell (Texas 1956) was installed as Legate for the installation. Michael Osborn (DePauw 2013) and Samuel Leist (DePauw 2014) pledged the 38 men into the Fraternity.

On Saturday, February 16, two initiation ceremonies were held to initiate the first 36 brothers into the Iota Sigma Chapter. The ritual ceremonies were conducted under the supervision of Ritualist Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) with the following brothers serving on the Ritual team: Chapter President Sean Ratkus (Ball State 2014), Chapter Treasurer Kristopher Kaizer (Ball State 2014); Recording Secretary Andrew Siegle (Rose Hulman 2013), Corresponding Secretary Dylan Dunlop (Hanover 2014), and Chapter Historian Benjamin Harsha (DePauw 2015). Also serving as Directors were Adam Barga (Evansville 2014), Dylan Pieri (Ball State 2014), Dylan Stone (Ball State 2015), Jacob Porter (Hanover 2014) and Andrew Ridner (Hanover 2014).

On Saturday evening graduate brothers and the new initiates gathered for the chartering installation banquet where Director of Chapter Services JB Goll (Nebraska 2001) served as Master of Ceremonies.  Archon President Scott Mikulecky delivered the keynote address, and Archon Vice President Mike Lucas (Bradley 1986) and former Archon President Bill Miller (Indiana 1962, Purdue GA) were on hand to represent the International Fraternity. Legate Don Mighell followed with his own remarks and then delivered into the hands of Chapter President Josh Cox (Indiana State 2014) the Iota Sigma Charter. Brother Cox closed the evening by giving his remarks and his vision of the future of the Chapter.

Please send notes of congratulations to the Iota Sigma brothers in care of:

Josh Cox, Chapter President
Iota Sigma of Phi Gamma Delta
c/o Joe Weist
2142 Wabash Ave
Terre Haute, IN  47807

Oregon Colonization Brings 52 to Fijiland
2/20/2013

Oregon colonizationAfter six weeks of recruiting at the University of Oregon, 52 founding fathers were pledged into Epsilon Omicron Colony on February 7. Coordinating the expansion and recruitment efforts were Brett Pytel (Toledo 2008) and Matt Whitlock (Ball State 2012). This group of academically-focused gentlemen boasts a combined average GPA of 3.24. They hail from all of the country, and world, and are involved across campus in groups including U of O Ambassadors, Student Government, Running Club, Korean Student Association, ROTC, lacrosse team, Eagle Scouts, and scholarship recipients. Some have also achieved high honors with the University.

Spring Recruitment Results
2/12/2013
Congrats to our chapters in the success of their recruiting efforts so far this spring! This list will update as pledges continue to register. (Last updated 4/9/13).

Akron / Alpha Omicron   4
Allegheny / Pi Colony    8
Arizona / Upsilon Alpha   17
Arizona State / Alpha Sigma    11
Ball State / Beta Sigma   5
Baylor / Kappa   21
Bowling Green / Beta Gamma   6
Bucknell / Delta   7
California Berkeley / Delta Xi   10
California Irvine / Iota Chi    9
California Pennsylvania / Chi Rho   11
Case Western Reserve / Xi Deuteron   12
Central Arkansas / Delta Colony   5
Central Florida / Omega Phi   6
Chapman / Omega Chi   12
Chicago / Chi Upsilon   17
Coastal Carolina / Mu Beta   6
Colorado Mines / Gamma Kappa   10
Colorado State / Phi Kappa   5
Columbia / Omega   6
Connecticut / Delta Colony   15
Cornell / Kappa Nu    21
Davidson / Delta Kappa   20
DePaul / Delta Colony    5
DePauw / Lambda   14
East Carolina / Pi Nu    5
Embry-Riddle / Delta Colony   9
Florida International / Sigma Phi   23
Georgia Tech / Gamma Tau   4
Hampden-Sydney / Delta Deuteron   9
Hanover / Tau   16
Illinois / Chi Iota   8
Indiana State / Iota Sigma Colony   4
Iowa / Mu Deuteron   6
Iowa State / Alpha Iota   4
James Madison / Mu Chi   9
Kentucky / Upsilon Kappa   6
Kettering A / Alpha Gamma   7
Knox / Gamma Deuteron   6
Lehigh / Beta Chi   21
Louisiana State / Beta Rho   9
Maryland / Phi Deuteron   20
Massachusetts / Delta Colony   11
Miami / Mu Upsilon   18
Michigan / Alpha Phi   8
Minnesota / Mu Sigma   6
Missouri / Chi Mu   15
Missouri State / Psi Mu   8
Monmouth / Delta Colony   4
New York / Nu Epsilon   11
North Alabama / Phi Upsilon    6
North Carolina State / Nu Sigma   5
North Texas / Nu Tau   7
Northwestern / Phi   13
Nova Southeastern / Delta Colony   4
Ohio Northern / Delta Colony   5
Ohio State / Omicron Deuteron   24
Ohio Wesleyan / Theta Deuteron Colony   10
Oklahoma / Nu Omega   5
Oregon / Epsilon Omicron Colony   49
Pennsylvania / Beta   17
Rowan / Delta Colony   12
Rutgers / Nu Beta Colony   7
Sam Houston State / Delta Colony   19
San Diego / Delta Colony   26
San Diego State / Sigma Delta Colony   8
Sewanee / Gamma Sigma   16
Southern California / Sigma Chi   8
Southern Methodist / Delta Tau   29
Texas A&M / Alpha Mu   10
Toledo / Upsilon Tau   5
Tulane / Tau Upsilon   27
Vanderbilt / Gamma    17
Vermont / Beta Upsilon   5
Virginia / Omicron   19
Virginia Commonwealth / Delta Colony   5
Virginia Tech / Rho Alpha   22
Washington & Lee / Zeta Deuteron   5
Washington State / Pi Mu   5
Western Kentucky / Chi Eta   7
Western Michigan / Kappa Mu Colony   13
Western Ontario / Lambda Omega    15
William Jewell / Zeta Phi   18
Wisconsin / Mu   11
Wittenberg / Sigma    8

To get your chapter's recruitment results added to the list, contact Director of Chapter Services J.B. Goll.


Morehead Finalist for UGA President
1/29/2013

Jere Morehead


Jere Morehead
(Georgia Faculty 1988) is a finalist to become president of the University of Georgia. Brother Morehead has won the Durrance Award three times for outstanding Purple Legionnaire. Read the complete story.




NIC Announces All-Fraternity All-American Football Teams
1/18/2013

Annually, the North-American Interfraternity Conference compiles a listing of outstanding athletes for seasonal sports.

The following brothers are representing Phi Gamma Delta on the 2012 All-Fraternity All-American football teams: 

NCAA Division I FBS & FCS First Team
Deep Snaps: Ben Bredthauer (Texas A&M 2012)

Division I FBS/FCS Honorable Mention Defense
Zach Devaney (San Diego 2014)

Division I FBS/FCS Honorable Mention Specialists
Field Goals/Extra Points: Sean Cobelli (Bucknell 2014)
Punters:  Richard Kent (Vanderbilt 2012)
Deep Snappers: Jeff Goyette (Bucknell 2014)

Division I FBS/FCS Honorable Mention Coaches
Bill Snyder (William Jewell 1962) at Kansas State

Here is the complete listing.

 
Maine Brothers Collect 300 Toys
12/17/2012

Toy Drive at Maine

For the fifth year, Omega Mu brothers at the University of Maine held a toy drive to benefit Crossroads Ministries. With a full chapter house, the Chapter collected approximately 300 toys so that underprivileged children will have a toy to wake up to on Christmas morning.

Thanks for making us proud, brothers! 

Nicklaus to Launch Golf Learning Leagues
12/10/2012
Jack Nicklaus (Ohio State 1961) will launch Nicklaus Learning Leagues to teach kids the game of golf starting next summer in 2013.

At 300 area parks and recreation centers, Brother Nicklaus will introduce young golfers to a game called SNAG, which stands for Starting New at Golf. It's comprised of a six-hole course set up on a soccer field. The equipment is bigger to help cut down on frustrations for youngsters.

Here is the complete story.

 
End-of-Semester Reminders
11/30/2012
Here is the last administrative edition of The Friday Letter to help chapter officers as the semester comes to a close.

IN THIS ISSUE
-  Officers Calendar
 -  Laws Regulating Elections
 -  Coming Soon: Insurance Billing
 
-  Register for 2013 Fiji Academy
 -  Holiday Parties
 
-  Schedule Spring FS Visit
 -  Like to Travel?


Be sure to send news and pics for the good news edition that will be distributed 12/14.


FIJI Run Across Virginia Raises $52K
11/28/2012
In the 10th year of the FIJI Run Across Virginia, the Omicron Chapter at the University of Virginia and Rho Alpha at Virginia Tech raised $52,000, a record annual contribution, for the Jimmy V Foundation to support cancer research.

Their 150-mile trek between Charlottesville and Blacksburg, Virginia, took place on Thanksgiving weekend prior to the state rivalry for the Commonwealth Cup. With this year's donation, the chapters have raised $380,000 for the Foundation.

Here is the complete story. Here is the Run's website.

Simply said: Mighty Proud!


Wittenberg Brothers Serve 400 for Thanksgiving
11/21/2012
Thanksgiving at Wittenberg

With a few changes to their annual Thanksgiving meal philanthropy at the chapter house on Monday night, b
rothers of 
Sigma Chapter at Wittenberg reached out to the community of Springfield, Ohio.

The result: 400 full bellies.


Here's the complete story.

Way to make us proud, gentlemen!


The Friday Letter - Good News Edition
11/16/2012
In the November good news editiion of The Friday Letter you will find: 

 -  IHQ Video Blog
 -  Register Now for the 2013 Fiji Academy
 -  New Phigam.org Coming Soon!
 -  Chapter and Colony News
 -  New Graduate Chapters
 -  Shining Stars of Phi Gamma Delta
 -  Expanding the Brotherhood
  

There are so many great things going on in Phi Gamma Delta right now.  If your chapter or colony was not mentioned in The Friday Letter, send your good news and photos to phigam@phigam.org for inclusion in an upcoming edition or in The Phi Gamma Delta magazine.

Thanks, Vets!
11/12/2012
Thanks, Vets!

Many heartfelt thanks to our brothers who have served or are currently serving in the military protecting us and our freedoms! The International Headquarters acknowledges your faithful service and dedication to protecting us all. On Veterans Day, we are praying for your continued good health and/or safe return to your families.

Your service will always make us proud!

 
Pence Wins Indiana Statehouse
11/7/2012

IN Gov. Mike Pence

Congratulations to current U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (Hanover 1981), who won the gubernatorial election in Indiana on Tuesday. He currently represents Indiana’s sixth district and was first elected to Congress in 2001. While an undergraduate at Hanover, Mike served as Chapter President.

Brother Pence joins a long line of Fiji governors in Indiana including: Henry Smith Lane (Wabash 1867), Thomas Riley Marshall (Wabash 1872), and Frank L. O’Bannon (Indiana 1952).

Here is the full story from the Indianapolis Star.

Continue making us proud!

 

Kappa Mu Colonizes at Western Michigan
10/30/2012
Western Michigan colonizationOn October 25, Field Secretaries Taylor Herren and Josh Wiseman introduced 21 new founding fathers of the Kappa Mu Colony at the “Evening with the Fijis” reception in the Bernhard Center, where over 60 faculty/staff, students and family members came out to welcome Phi Gamma Delta back to campus.

The founding fathers boast a 3.35 GPA, which make them the top fraternity on campus, with respect to academics. Some of their involvement on campus includes Western Student Association President, president of Student Veterans Associations, WSA Student Senators, Campus Activities Board executive members, Student Orientation staff directors, and Alternative Spring break captains.

Welcome back, WMU!


Nu Beta Returns to Rutgers
10/26/2012

Nu Beta colonization at RutgersOn Friday, October 19, Rutgers University welcomed the return of the Nu Beta Colony of Phi Gamma Delta. Originally chartered December 29, 1917, the Nu Beta Chapter has been inactive since 2007.

Thanks to the efforts of Field Secretaries Gabe Camut (James Madison 2011) and Matthew Whitlock (Ball State 2012), 26 men were recruited to form the Colony’s first class.

The founding fathers boast a 3.2 GPA, which ranks in the top three of all fraternities at Rutgers. The men of this group are also heavily involved in other activities on or off campus such as student orientation, Intramurals, student government, Discovery House, Pharmacology Club, Air Force National Guard, Investment Banking Club, Rutgers University Programming Association, “The Medium” newspaper, and Rutgers Radio.

Glad to have you back, Nu Beta!


 

VCU Newest Star in Virginia
10/23/2012

VCU colonizationOn October 22, Director of Chapter Development Josh Laufenberg (Illinois 2008) and Field Secretary Russell Ward (Louisiana State 2012) introduced the new founding father class at Virginia Commonwealth University during an “Evening with the Fijis” reception. This event took place at the Campus Commons at VCU with over 100 members of the Greek Community and campus staff welcoming the newest fraternity to VCU.

This strong group of 30 men are committed to leading the Greek Community, their initial GPA is an impressive 3.112, which would rank them second of 13 fraternities on campus. Additionally, they are involved all across campus in organizations like student government, residence hall councils, 2015 Class President, American Marketing Association, Consulting Club, Business Student Ambassadors, Student Alumni Association and many more.

Make our star shine bright at VCU, gentlemen! 

 

Alive at Allegheny
10/22/2012

Allegheny founding fathersAfter spending five weeks at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, Phi Gamma Delta has officially returned to campus.

Here is campus coverage of the colonization.

On October 18, Director of Expansion Brett Pytel and Field Secretary Andrew Griffin introduced the new founding father class of gentlemen at the “Evening with the Fijis” reception. This was a formal event that took place in the Tippie Alumni Center  where over 150 faculty/staff, students and family members came out to welcome Phi Gamma Delta to campus.


This group is committed to breaking the fraternity stereotype while becoming the role model fraternity at Allegheny. The founding fathers boast a 3.271 GPA, which puts them right at the top with Delta Tau Delta. Some of their involvement on campus includes: Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Allegheny Christian Outreach, student government, Jazz Ensemble, Student Athletics Advisory Council, Allegheny College Economics Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, college political groups, Student Art Society, Habitat for Humanity, African Student Association, Advancement of Black Culture, various campus clubs, and varsity athletes.

Welcome to Fijiland, men of Allegheny!

FIJI Feats!
10/19/2012

This edition
of The Friday Letter (every third Friday) is designed to spread good news, successes, and ideas in Phi Gamma Delta to all undergraduate brothers and graduate volunteers. Submit your news and photos for inclusion in an upcoming edition.

IN THIS ISSUE
 -  IHQ Video Blog
 -  Register Now for the 2013 Fiji Academy
 -  Chapter and Colony News
 -  Shining Stars of Phi Gamma Delta

Colonizing at Ohio Northern
10/18/2012

Founding Fathers at Ohio NorthernOn October 10, 2012, following six weeks of recruiting, 23 men were pledged into Phi Gamma Delta's newest Delta Colony at Ohio Northern University. Coordinating the expansion efforts were Field Secretaries Josh Moore (Illinois 2011) and Derek "Duke" Murphy (Coastal Carolina 2011). Because of the efforts of these gentlemen, some of the top men on Ohio Northern's campus were recruited to become the founding fathers of Phi Gamma Delta on the ONU campus, the first new fraternity in 40 years. Here is campus coverage

The gentlemen who have been pledged into the newest Delta Colony have a combined 3.61 GPA. This diverse group of young men are involved all around campus in many different ways. The men participate in groups such as the Honors Program, Phi Eta Sigma honorary, Alpha Lambda Delta honorary, Residence Life, Society of Medical Professionals, varsity athletics, and marching band, just to name a few. Many of the colony members have previously been Eagle Scouts, recipients of the highest scholarship awards that Ohio Northern offers, and awarded top academic honors by way of the Dean's List. 

The men are pictured at right following their pledging ceremony and all-campus reception, which included members of the Greek community, University officials, and members of ONU's campus who aided in the colonization.

Welcome aboard, Ohio Northern!


Lambda Beta at Cal State Long Beach: 7th California Chapter
10/17/2012

California State Long Beach charteringThe Lambda Beta Chapter at California State University Long Beach was re-chartered on October 13, 2012. Through the weekend’s ceremonies, 46 men were pledged and 34 brothers were initiated into the Fraternity.

Long Beach was originally chartered 22 years earlier on October 12, 1990, making the chartering anniversary that much more special to the Lambda Beta brothers. The chartering of Long Beach also increases the number of chapters in California to seven, along with two colonies in the San Diego area.

The chartering weekend began on the evening of Friday, October 12, with Executive Director Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975), leading the future brothers and pledges through the traditional Indoctrination School, which is a recap of the Fraternity’s history, organization, and values.

On Saturday, October 13, two initiation ceremonies were held to initiate the first 34 brothers into the Lambda Beta Chapter. The ritual ceremonies were conducted under the supervision of Ritualist Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) and performed by the following brothers: President Austin Huffman (Chapman 2013), Treasurer Matthew Webb (Irvine 2013), Recording Secretary John Kostick (Chapman 2013), Corresponding Secretary Ashot Hareyen (Irvine 2014), Historian Ben Burke (Chapman 2014), and Director Patrick Schoenberg (Chapman 2014).

On Saturday evening, graduate brothers, family members, university officials, and the new initiates gathered for the chartering banquet. The Queen’s Salon ballroom on the Queen Mary, the historic ocean liner converted to a hotel, provided a special atmosphere for the celebration.  Representing the University were Dr. Jeff Klaus, Associate Vice President for Student Services, and Caitlin Roberts, Assistant Director of Student Life and Development. Executive Director Bill Martin served as Master of Ceremonies, with Archon President Scott Mikulecky (Colorado State 1982) delivering the keynote address. Archon Councilor Bruce Pitman (Purdue 1971) was also in attendance. Former Archon Jim Glenny (Idaho 1960) served as Legate, with the important role of unveiling the new charter of Lambda Beta and presenting it to Chapter President Kshamaa Berg (Long Beach 2012). Brother Berg closed the evening with his remarks, which included special recognition to Purple Legionnaire Aemon Fowler (Long Beach 1995).

Congratulations to our new Lambda Beta Brothers! 

Please send notes of congratulations to Lambda Beta in care of:

Kshamaa Berg, Chapter President
Lambda Beta of Phi Gamma Delta
4508 Albury Ave
Lakewood, CA 90713

 

Mu Deuteron Re-charters at Iowa
10/9/2012

Mu Deuteron chartering at IowaAt the University of Iowa this past weekend, the Mu Deuteron Chapter was re-chartered after re-colonizing in 2009. Mu Deuteron joins Alpha Iota at Iowa State University and Delta Iota at Drake University to become the 3rd Phi Gam chapter in Iowa. Through the weekend’s ceremonies, 44 brothers were pledged and 31brothers were initiated into the Fraternity.

The celebration began on the afternoon of Friday, October 5, 2012, with Archon President Scott Mikulecky (Colorado State 1982) leading the future brothers and pledges through the traditional Indoctrination School, which is a recap of the Fraternity’s history, organizational chart, and values.

On Saturday, October 6, 2012, two initiation ceremonies were held to initiate the first 31 brothers into the Mu Deuteron Chapter. The ritual ceremonies were conducted under the supervision of Ritualist Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) and performed by the following brothers: Chapter President Paul Dudley (Iowa State 2013), Chapter Treasurer Joseph Gale (Drake 2015), Recording Secretary Ryan Nemethy (Illinois 2014), Corresponding Secretary Derek Huser (Iowa State 2014), Chapter Historian Nick Rogers (Drake 2014), with the following brothers serving as Directors: Matthew Gray (Iowa State 2014), Matthew Josephs (Illinois 2013), Dan Nottke (Drake 2013) and Tim Kigin (Drake 2014).

On Saturday evening, graduate brothers and the new initiates gathered for the chartering banquet and Pig Dinner. Director of Chapter Services J.B. Goll (Nebraska 2001) served as Master of Ceremonies, with President Mikulecky delivering the keynote address. Archon Councilor Glenn Moor (Texas Tech 1984) was also in attendance representing the Archonate. Legate Bill Baker (Iowa 1977) followed with his own remarks and, then with former Archon Fred Stines (Iowa 1949), delivered into the hands of Chapter President Joseph Berman (Iowa 2013) the Mu Deuteron charter. Brother Berman closed the evening by giving his remarks and his vision of the future of the Chapter.

Congratulations to our new Mu Deuteron Brothers! 

Please send notes of congratulations to Mu Deuteron in care of:

Joe Berman, Chapter President
Mu Deuteron of Phi Gamma Delta
303 Ellis Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52246

Reminders to Help Your Chapter
10/5/2012
The October administrative edition of The Friday Letter is loaded with reminders for officers to help our chapters and colonies.

Here's what you will find in this issue:
 - Officers Calendar
 - IHQ Approval for Signed Agreements with University
 - Chapter Presidents: Risk Mgt Agreement Past Due
 - Officer Election Info
 - Required Viewing
 - Protect Our History & Heritage
 - Order Sets Any Time
 - Safeguard Your Chapter Property
 - Update Chapter Websites
 - Tailgating Tips
 - Halloween Reminders
 - 2011-12 Annual Report 

We'll be bragging in the good news edition scheduled for 10/19. Be sure to send in your accomplishments and brothers' achievements!


Phi Gam Progress
9/27/2012

2011-12 Annual Report


Here is the Fraternity's 2011-12 Annual Report
 that shows the progress Phi Gamma Delta made last year.


Keep the momentum going, brothers, for 2012-13!

 

Fijiland Success Stories
9/21/2012
Today's first good news edition of The Friday Letter shows our chapters/colonies and brothers are making us as proud as ever!

IN THIS ISSUE
 -  IHQ Video Blog from J.B. Goll, Director of Chapter Services
 
-  Chapter and Colony News
 -  2011-12 Order of Omega Members
 -  Shining Stars of Phi Gamma Delta 

We're always on the look out for opportunities to brag! Send accomplishments brothers have made or success stories your chapter or colony has experienced to phigam@phigam.org to be included in the next good news edition. 


Fall 2012 Recruitment Results
9/15/2012

Fall 2012 Nu Omega pledge class at Oklahoma

Congratulations are in order: results of fall recruitment are coming in, and it's looking like Phi Gamma Delta is experiencing another semester of success!

To get added to the results list below, report your chapter or colony's recruitment numbers to Director of Chapter Services J.B. Goll. Thanks for your hard work. MIGHTY PROUD!


Akron / Alpha Omicron - 8
Alabama / Theta - 8
Alberta / Epilson alpha - 18
Allegheny / Pi Colony - 16
Appalachian State / Beta Nu - 11
Arizona / Upsilon Alpha - 36
Arizona State / Alpha Sigma - 46
Arkansas / Phi Alpha - 42
Ball State / Beta Sigma - 15
Bowling Green / Beta Gamma - 12
Bradley / Beta Pi - 8
British Columbia / Pi Gamma - 28
Bucknell / Delta - 13
California Berkeley / Delta Xi - 19
California Irvine / Iota Chi - 11 
California San Diego / Chi Lambda - 15
California State Long Beach / Lambda Beta - 11
Case Western Reserve / Xi Deuteron - 16
Central Arkansas / Delta Colony - 7
Central Florida / Omega Phi - 25
Chapman / Omega Chi - 22
Coastal Carolina / Mu Beta - 7
College of Charleston / Lambda Chi - 26 
Colorado School of Mines / Gamma Kappa - 15 
Connecticut / Delta Colony - 17
Delaware / Delta Colony - 9
DePaul / Delta Colony - 10
Drake / Delta Iota - 13
East Carolina / Pi Nu - 9
Embry-Riddle / Delta Colony - 21
Evansville / Epsilon Iota - 6
Florida / Upsilon Phi - 17

Georgia / Kappa Deuteron - 30
Georgia Tech / Gamma Tau - 9
Gettysburg / Xi - 15
Idaho / Mu Iota - 20
Illinois / Chi Iota - 26
Indiana / Zeta - 29
Indiana State / Iota Sigma Colony - 18
Iowa / Mu Deuteron Colony - 13
Iowa State / Alpha Iota - 11
James Madison / Mu Chi - 6
Kansas / Pi Deuteron - 22
Kansas State / Chi Deuteron - 8
Louisiana State / Beta Rho - 38
Maryland / Phi Deuteron - 9
Michigan State / Epsilon Lambda - 19
Mississippi State / Sigma Mu - 20
Missouri / Chi Mu - 21
Missouri State / Psi Mu - 21
Nebraska / Lambda Nu - 34
Nebraska Kearney / Nu Kappa - 10
Nevada Las Vegas / Delta Colony - 7
New Mexico / Alpha Nu - 14
North Alabama / Phi Upsilon - 17
North Carolina / Epsilon - 26
North Carolina State / Nu Sigma - 8
Nova Southeastern / Delta Colony - 17
North Texas / Nu Tau - 18
Ohio Northern / Delta Colony - 23
Ohio State / Omicron Deuteron - 5
Ohio Wesleyan / Theta Deuteron Colony - 6
Oklahoma / Nu Omega - 55 (pictured)
Oklahoma City / Delta Colony - 6
Oklahoma State / Sigma Omicron - 38
Oregon State / Kappa Omicron - 16
Pennsylvania State / Gamma Phi - 8
Rhode Island / Kappa Rho - 14
Rowan / Delta Colony - 10
RPI / Tau Nu - 11
Rutgers / Nu Beta Colony - 14
San Diego State / Sigma Delta Colony - 9
Southern California / Sigma Chi - 9
Tennessee Tech / Theta Tau - 6
Texas / Tau Deuteron - 48
Texas A&M / Alpha Mu - 37
Texas Christian / Tau Chi - 33
Texas Dallas / Tau Delta - 10
Texas Tech / Lambda Tau - 42 
Toledo / Upsilon Tau - 14
Union / Chi Colony - 8
Vanderbilt / Gamma - 7
Vermont / Beta Upsilon - 9
Virginia Commonwealth / Delta Colony - 15
Virginia Tech / Rho Alpha - 16
Wabash / Psi - 23
Washington / Sigma Tau - 30
Washington State / Pi Mu - 38 
West Virginia / Mu Alpha - 35
Western Kentucky / Chi Eta - 14 
Western Ontario / Lambda Omega - 16
William Woods / Kappa Chi - 12
Wittenberg / Sigma - 6


Remembering 9/11
9/11/2012
Eleven years after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Jay B. Marshall (Syracuse 1984) relives his time on "The Pile" for Fox News. 

Here is the complete story.

Thanks, Jay, for making us proud!


Officer Duties for the New Year
8/31/2012
Starting the 2012-13 year off right, here's the first administrative edition of The Friday Letter.

IN THIS ISSUE
 - Officers Calendar
 - Amendments to Fraternity Laws
 - Budgeting for 2012-13
 - Required Viewing
 - Report Your Service
 - Expanding the Influence
 - Making Your House Welcoming
 - Who to Call @ IHQ
 

Be sure to send brother and chapter news for the fall issue of The Phi Gamma Delta magazine and the good news Friday Letter slated for 9/21.

 
Fraternity Receives Award of Excellence
8/29/2012

Health Communications, Inc., the providers of the TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) Program, awarded the 2012 TIPS Award of Excellence to Phi Gamma Delta, the only fraternity to receive the award. This award is chosen by an internal committee based on both volume of students certified and feedback from TIPS Trainers and student participants.

There were nine colleges and universities that received the award in 2012, plus Phi Gamma Delta. According to Adam Chafetz, Health Communication’s President & CEO, “Phi Gamma Delta actively engages its brothers to prevent the misuse of alcohol. TIPS is proud to be one of many approaches that the Fraternity uses.”

Since implementing the TIPS for the University program in 2000, Phi Gamma Delta has certified thousands of brothers
across the nation. Each year, the Fraternity's Field Secretaries become certified as TIPS trainers. In turn, these men provide TIPS for the University classroom sessions at our 144 chapters and colonies across North America.

 

Kovach Selected as Preseason All-American
8/22/2012
Though football season is just beginning, Kyle Kovach (Rose-Hulman 2013) is already making us proud! Three organizations have him listed as a preseason All-American:

1. First-team preseason All-American honors from USA College Football;
2. Second-team preseason All-American by the D3Senior Classic; and
3. Second-team Beyond College Sports Network Preseason All-American.

Here is the complete story.


2011-12 All Sports Team
8/21/2012


Congrats to these brothers who made Phi Gamma Delta's 2011-12 All Sports Team.



Annual Award Winners
8/13/2012

Congratulations to the outstanding chapters, brothers and volunteers who strived to make a stronger Phi Gamma Delta during the 2011-12 academic year. Good luck going into a new year!

BAKER CUP: Awarded for religious, ethical and social service activities.

1st: SIGMA TAU at Washington
2nd: KAPPA DEUTERON at Georgia
3rd: ZETA at Indiana
HM: CHI ETA at Western Kentucky, GAMMA TAU at Georgia Tech, OMICRON at Virginia

BRIGHTMAN AWARD: Presented to the most outstanding graduate chapter in the Fraternity.

Over 75 Members
1st: SEATTLE
2nd: WASHINGTON D.C. (National Capital Fijis)
3rd: COLUMBUS, OH
HM: INDIANAPOLIS (Beta); CHICAGO; KANSAS CITY

Under 75 Members
1st: SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
2nd: CHATTANOOGA
3rd: PINEHURST (Golf Capitol)
HM: SALT LAKE CITY; ORLANDO, FL; NASHVILLE, TN;TULSA, OK; AKRON, OH

BRIGHTMAN TROPHY: Presented to the undergraduate chapter which best demonstrates that Phi Gamma Delta is “not for college days alone.”
1st: SIGMA TAU at Washington
2nd: SIGMA OMICRON at Oklahoma State
3rd TIE:KAPPA DEUTERON at Georgia, BETA SIGMA at Ball State
HM: PHI ALPHA at Arkansas, CHI DEUTERON at Kansas State, CHI ETA at Western Kentucky, ALPHA IOTA at Iowa State, GAMMA TAU at Georgia Tech, RHO ALPHA at Virginia Tech

CHENEY CUP: Awarded for the greatest all-around efficiency in scholarship, fraternity relationships and general collegiate activities.
1st: KAPPA DEUTERON at Georgia 2nd: SIGMA TAU at the Washington
3rd: GAMMA TAU at Georgia Tech
HM: CHI ETA at Western Kentucky, BETA SIGMA at Ball State, ZETA at Indiana

CONDON CUP: Awarded for the greatest overall improvement.
1st: BETA SIGMA at Ball State
2nd: CHI DEUTERON at Kansas State
3rd: ALPHA NU at New Mexico
HM: SIGMA at Wittenberg, GAMMA TAU at Georgia Tech, OMEGA PHI at Central Florida

COON PLAQUE: Awarded for the best chapter publication.
1st: CHI ETA at Western Kentucky
2nd: SIGMA TAU at Washington
3rd: SIGMA at Wittenberg
HM: ALPHA IOTA at Iowa State, EPSILON ALPHA at Alberta, KAPPA DEUTERON at Georgia, LAMBDA NU at Nebraska

COULTER CUP: Awarded for service to an undergraduate chapter other than as Purple Legionnaire.
1st: BENJAMIN R. HARPER (Kentucky 1969) for Western Kentucky
Dist. Svc: KIM W. CUNNINGHAM (Oklahoma State 1975) for Oklahoma State, PAUL H. LIND (Purdue 1965) for Colorado State, STANFORD K. MCCOY (DePauw 1993) for DePauw

CROWDER CUP: Presented to the most outstanding faculty advisor.
1st: LOU ANN SIMPSON @ Drake
HM: RAY J. BLANKENSHIP (Kentucky 1984) @ Western Kentucky, TONY MARABLE @ Tennessee Tech

DURRANCE AWARD: Presented to the most outstanding Purple Legionnaire.
1st: ROBERT E. HALL (Kentucky 1968) for North Carolina State
Dist. Svc: PATRICK R. SCOTT (Washington 1994) for Washington, ROBERT V. UNFUG (Colorado State 1977) for Colorado State, KYLE M. BUSH (Tennessee Tech 2008), ERIC D. KNAM (Oklahoma State 1992), JASON S. SCHWARTZ (Central Florida 2003), JEFFERY T. BAYNHAM (Western Kentucky Graduate Initiate) 

HAYNES AWARD: Presented to the most outstanding Section Chief.

1st: BRAD WHITING (Washington 1980)
Dist. Svc: BO W. BYERS (Tennessee Tech 2006), TERRY L. MEYERS (Kansas State 1969), A. PETER RIMSANS (Iowa State 1993)

JORDAN BOWL: Awarded for the highest academic achievement.
1st: KAPPA DEUTERON at Georgia
2nd: BETA SIGMA at Ball State
3rd: CHI ETA at Western Kentucky
HM: GAMMA TAU at Georgia Tech, NU KAPPA at Nebraska Kearney, SIGMA TAU at Washington, ZETA at Indiana, OMICRON at Virginia

OWEN CUP: Awarded for the greatest improvement in scholarship.
1st: PHI ALPHA at Arkansas
2nd: ALPHA NU at New Mexico
3rd: CHI DEUTERON at Kansas State

WILKINSON AWARD: Presented to the most outstanding senior.
1st: TYLER W. JURY (Western Kentucky 2012)
HM: MICHAEL J. DODD (Arkansas 2012), TIMOTHY M. DREVINS (College of Charleston 2012), BLAINE T. DROZD (Nebraska Kearney 2011), TRAVIS C. HOWARD (Colorado School of Mines 2012), ROBERT D. SINYARD III (Georgia 2011)

ZERMAN TROPHY: Awarded for involvement in student government, the campus newspaper and extracurricular activities.
1st: GAMMA TAU at Georgia Tech
2nd: UPSILON ALPHA at Arizona
3rd: CHI IOTA at Illinois
HM: EPSILON ALPHA at Alberta, NU KAPPA at Nebraska at Kearney


Serving with Courage - 164th Ekklesia
8/3/2012

Enjoy the video that welcomed nearly 600 brothers last night to the 164th Ekklesia in New Orleans. The Ekklesia’s focus is “Serving with Courage.”

A group of brothers started the day today with a FIJI Fun Run through the French Quarter at 7 a.m. Another group of brothers ventured into areas still recovering from damage due to Hurricane Katrina to lend assistance to Operation Nehemiah.

Voting delegates are now taking a break from the business session to find out some of this year's award winners during lunch.

Tonight’s special event will be a first:our own Phi Gam parade through the Quarter led by a jazz band with plenty of beads to throw.

2012 NIC All-Fraternity All-American Baseball Teams Announced
7/2/2012

Eight Fijis have been selected for the NIC's All-Fraternity All-American Baseball Teams of 2012.

Making the first team outfield is Dan Evatt (Baylor 2012) who was selected regional Most Outstanding Player with a batting average of .329 (52 of 158), 27 runs, eight home runs and 30 RBIs.

Matt Brooks (Hanover 2015) made the third team outfield with a .385 batting average that placed him first in the All-Heartland Conference.

Honorable mentions were awarded to pitchers A.J. Ehrlich (Hanover 2014) and J.T. Miller (Wabash 2014), first baseman Ryan Grau (Hanover 2013), infielder Graham Wolf (Wittenberg 2013), and outfielders Cam Ginder (Hanover 2013) and Kevin Sears (Hanover 2013).

Here is a link to the complete listing.

Thanks for making us proud, brothers!

Fiji Connection to NBA Finals
6/18/2012



Clay Bennett, owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder, is a 1981 graduate from the University of Oklahoma. Technically speaking, Brother Bennett is chairman of the ownership group of the team, but as such things are defined in professional sports, he is the owner. 

The move of the team from Seattle to Oklahoma City in 2008 was not without controversy, but read what a Seattle area newscaster posted recently about Clay’s performance as owner.

Brother Bennett was recognized as a Distinguished Fiji in 2008.


The Phi Gamma Delta Magazine
5/30/2012
The brothers of Mu Iota at the University of Idaho.

Here is the spring issue of The Phi Gamma Delta.

Cover story
:
HOME AGAIN 
Mu Iota's Transformation at the University of Idaho 

Additional features:
l Distinguished Fiji Award recipients
l 2011 Foundation Report
l Recruitment Chairmen contacts
l Fiji Academy

Click here to read it now.


Illinois Wesleyan Brother Selected for College Football Hall of Fame
5/22/2012
The National Football Foundation has selected Chris Bisaillon (Illinois Wesleyan 1993), wide receiver for the Titans from 1989-92, to the NCAA College Football Hall of Fame 2012 Division Class.

The second Illinois Wesleyan player to enter the College Hall of Fame, Brother Bisaillon was the most accomplished wide receiver in NCAA Division III history.

This year's class will be inducted during the Enshrinement Festival July 20-21 in South Bend, IN.

Here is the complete story.

Good News in Fijiland
5/18/2012
We are wrapping up the semester with the good news edition of The Friday Letter. With another year behind us, there are lots of brothers' and chapters' hard work and accomplishments to showcase.

Here is what is in the last Friday Letter for the 2011-12 school year:

- IHQ Video Blog
- Ekklesia Registration Now Open
- Chapter and Coloy News
- New Career Service Available
- Shining Stars of Phi Gamma Delta

Please continue to send news and photos to phigam@phigam.org and we will include them in an upcoming edition of The Friday Letter or The Phi Gamma Delta magazine.

Enjoy your summer!

End-of-Semester Reminders
5/11/2012
This is the last administrative edition of The Friday Letter for the 2011-12 school year.

Take a moment to plan for these last minute reminders:

 - Nominations for Archonate
 - 164th Ekklesia in New Orleans
 - Summer Recruitment Training
 - Chapter History Due Soon
 - Preparing the House for Summer Break
 - Send Spring 2012 Grades
  


Be sure to send brothers' accomplishments and chapter/colony successes for the good news edition.

Fijiland Welcomes Mu Beta
4/24/2012
Mu Beta chartering at Coastal CarolinaThe Mu Beta Chapter at Coastal Carolina University officially joined Phi Gamma Delta on April 21. With the addition of Mu Beta, Phi Gamma Delta grows to 124 Chapters and 20 Delta Colonies. Through the weekend's ceremonies, 32 brothers were pledged and initiated into the Fraternity.

On Friday, April 20, Executive Director Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975) conducted the traditional Indoctrination School, which is a recap of the Fraternity's history, organizational chart, and values for the future brothers and pledges. Following the Indoctrination School, Bill Bracewell (Georgia GA 1968) was installed as Legate for the installation. Graduate brothers watched as the Ritual team pledged the 32 men into the Fraternity.

Three initiation ceremonies were held on Saturday, April 21, to initiate the first 32 brothers into the Mu Beta Chapter. The ritual ceremonies were conducted under the supervision of Ritualist Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) and performed by the following brothers: Chapter President Harry Atwall (UNC Wilmington 2013), Chapter Treasurer Alex Henderson (Charleston 2014), Recording Secretary Douglas Flagg (UNC Wilmington 2013), Corresponding Secretary Jackson Wood (Georgia 2013), and Chapter Historian Kevin Arevalo (UNC Wilmington 2014), with the following brothers serving as Directors: Sean Hartness (Charleston 2014), Joe Soria (UNC Wilmington 2014) and Barclay Mitchell (Georgia 2013) who also assisted with the ceremonies.

The chartering installation banquet was held Saturday evening for graduate brothers and the new initiates. Bill Martin served as Master of Ceremonies, with Archon Vice President Scott Mikulecky (Colorado State 1982) delivering the keynote address. Legate Bill Bracewell followed with his own remarks and then delivered into the hands of Chapter President Nick Cerone the Mu Beta Charter. Brother Cerone closed the evening by giving his remarks and his vision of the future of the Chapter.

Welcome to Fijiland, Mu Beta!

Please send your note of congratulations to the Mu Beta brothers in care of:
Nick Cerone, Chapter President
Mu Beta of Phi Gamma Delta

The Friday Letter - Good News Edition
4/20/2012
There are lots of great things going on at our chapters and colonies right now! Whether your chapter just won an award at the Greek Awards Ceremony, particpated in a philanthropy, or volunteered for a great cause, we want to know about it. 

Send your news and photos to phigam@phigam.org to see your chapter or colony in the next edition of The Friday Letter. 


Miller Sets Strikeout Record at Wabash
4/9/2012

J.T. Miller (Wabash 2014)
With 17 strikeouts in Saturday's game against Wooster, Psi Chapter President J.T. Miller (Wabash 2014) set a school record for Wabash, surpassing the previous record of 13.

He now leads all pitchers in the North Coast Athletic Conference in wins (4), complete games (3), innings pitched (54.2) and strikeouts (63). Additionally, he has the lowest ERA on the team (1.98).

Here is the complete story.

Thanks for making us proud!


Chapter Officer Reminders
4/6/2012
April's administrative edition of The Friday Letter addresses several items that chapter officers will want to take note of.

IN THIS ISSUE
 - Officers Calendar
 - Nominations for Archonate
 - Annual Awards Competition
 - Distinguished Fiji Nominations
 - Reminders for AFH Exemption Applicants
 - Summer Recruitment Training
 - Warm Weather Reminders

 - Fall 2012 Field Secretary Visits
 - Celebrate Founders Day
 - Chapter History Due Soon
 - IHQ Help with Grad Communications
 - Pig Dinner Graduate Attendance
 - Best Exiles Toast Competition

The next good news edition is schedued for 4/20. To be sure to get coverage for your chapter or colony and brothers, submit news here.

8 FIJI Chapters in Texas with Tau Delta Chartering
4/5/2012

Tau Delta Chapter at Texas DallasPhi Gamma Delta's Tau Delta Chapter was installed on March 24 at the University of Texas Dallas, making it the eighth FIJI chapter in the state of Texas, joining chapters at Baylor, North Texas, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Christian and Texas Tech. 

With the addition of Tau Delta, Phi Gamma Delta grows to 123 chapters and 21 Delta Colonies. During the weekend’s ceremonies, 41 brothers were pledged and 36 were initiated into the Fraternity.


On the afternoon of March 23, Executive Director Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975) led the future brothers and pledges through the traditional Indoctrination School, sharing the Fraternity’s history, organizational chart, and values. Following the Indoctrination School, Mike Morris (Kansas State 1977), president of the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation, was installed as Legate prior to the Ritual team pledging 41 men into the Fraternity.

On Saturday, March 24, 2012, two initiation ceremonies were held to initiate the first 33 brothers of the Tau Delta Chapter. The ritual ceremonies were conducted under the supervision of Director of Chapter Development Josh Laufenberg (Illinois 2008) and performed by the following brothers: Chapter President Vince Stanko (Arkansas 2013), Chapter Treasurer Jonathan Linn (North Texas 2011), Recording Secretary Danny Avila (North Texas 2013), Corresponding Secretary Max Fulton (North Texas 2011), Chapter Historian Dave Harben (Ball State 2004), with the following brothers serving as Directors: Lucas Piedrahita (North Texas 2014), Trey Mitchell (North Texas 2012), Dan Miskin (Arkansas 2013) and Javier Suarez (Arkansas 2013).  

At Saturday evening's chartering installation banquet. Bill Martin served as Master of Ceremonies, with Section Chief Orsen Paxton (Texas Arlington 1971) delivering the keynote address. Legate Mike Morris followed with his own remarks and then delivered into the hands of Chapter President Connor Pokorny (Texas Dallas 2012) the Tau Delta charter. Brother Pokorny shared his thoughts on the chapter's future growth and goals with the graduate brothers and new initiates in attendance.

Welcome to Fijiland, Tau Delta!

Please send notes of congratulations to the Tau Delta brothers in care of:
Connor Pokorny, Chapter President
Tau Delta of Phi Gamma Delta
  


Dan Mangan Claims Two Juno Awards
4/2/2012
Dan Mangan (British Columbia 2005)



At Canada's Juno Awards this weekend (the equivalent of the Grammies in the U.S.), Dan Mangan (British Columbia 2005) brought home two Junos: New Artist of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year for his third album Oh Fortune. He was additionally nominated for Songwriter of the Year and Video of the Year.

Here is the story on his nominations that numbered more than Justin Bieber.

Here is the story on his wins this weekend.



Chi Sigma Charters at Colorado College
3/23/2012

The Chi Sigma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta was re-installed on March 10  at Colorado College. With the return of Chi Sigma, Phi Gamma Delta grows to 122 Chapters and 22 Delta Colonies. Through the weekend’s ceremonies, 36 brothers were pledged and 33 were initiated into the Fraternity.

The celebration began on the afternoon of Friday, March 9, with Executive Director Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975), leading the future brothers and pledges through the traditional Indoctrination School, which is a recap of the Fraternity’s history, organizational chart, and values. Following the Indoctrination School, Kelly Powers (Colorado College 1984) was installed as Legate for the installation. Then the graduate brothers looked on as the Ritual team pledged the 36 men into the Fraternity.

On Saturday, two initiation ceremonies were held to initiate the first 33 brothers into the Chi Sigma Chapter. The ritual ceremonies were conducted under the supervision of Ritualist Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) and performed by the following brothers: Chapter President Javier Manriquez (New Mexico 2012), Chapter Treasurer Greg Mikulecky (Colorado State 2013), Recording Secretary Reyes DeLaCruz (New Mexico 2013), Corresponding Secretary Nate Thompson (Colorado Mines 2014), Chapter Historian Tyler Anderson (Colorado Mines 2013) with the following brothers serving as Directors: Steven Freytag (Colorado Mines 2013), Travis Howard (Colorado Mines 2012), Steven Tzitzicas (Colorado State 2012), Zane Danielson (Colorado State 2013), David Jarry (New Mexico 2012) and Chase Burgett (New Mexico 2013) who also assisted with the ceremonies.  

Saturday evening graduate brothers and the new initiates gathered for the chartering installation banquet. Bill Martin served as Master of Ceremonies, with Archon President Jim Hickey (Illinois 1975) delivering the keynote address. Legate Kelly Powers followed with his own remarks and then delivered into the hands of Chapter President Andrew Baird (Colorado College 2012) the Chi Sigma charter. Brother Baird closed the evening by giving his remarks and his vision of the future of the Chapter.

Congratulations to our new Chi Sigma brothers.

Please send your note of congratulations to the new Chi Sigma Chapter in care of:
Andrew Baird, Chapter President
Chi Sigma of Phi Gamma Delta

 

22nd Colony Established at Central Arkansas
3/21/2012

Delta Colony at Central Arkansas.At the University of Central Arkansas, Phi Gamma Delta is off and running with 22 founding fathers who have a 3.21 combined GPA, which is the highest in IFC on campus. This expansion project was the fourth of the semester and brings the total number of colonies to 22.

During the Evening with the FIJIs reception, many members of the University and Greek communities came out to show their support. Additionally, sororities Delta Zeta and Sigma Sigma Sigma were recognized for the best support during the recruiting phase.

Some of the new members' activities include: Student Activities Board President, Student Orientation staff, Honors College members, Toms Club Founder, house hanager for Reynolds Auditorium, Residence Hall Council President, I.D.E.A.L. Freshman Leadership Program, Philosophy Club Vice President, resident assistant, Gamma Iota Sigma Honors Society, UCA Athletic Training Association, Association of S.T.E.M. Residential College Alumni, Residential College Recruiter, and Chess Club.

Welcome notes may be sent to Colony President Travis Alexander.

Ohio Wesleyan Returns to Fijiland
3/20/2012

Theta Deuteron Colony at Ohio Wesleyan.On the evening of March 8, 2012, the Theta Deuteron Colony at Ohio Wesleyan University returned to Fijiland with a pledge class of 39 gentlemen. The new members, who already boast a 3.3 GPA, gathered with 170 friends, graduate brothers and supporting sororities in Delaware, OH, for the Evening with the Fijis reception. 

Assistant Director of Expansion Brett Pytel (Toledo 2009) and Field Secretary Josh Moore (2011) celebrated the strong response to their recruitment process by honoring each new pledge and officially announcing the re-founding of Phi Gamma Delta on the OWU campus. Some of the members’ activities include:

  • Economic Management Fellows
  • Investment Club- President
  • Marketing Club- Treasurer
  • Mortar Board Honorary Society
  • College Republicans Treasurer
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Golf Team
  • Theatre
  • WCSA (student gov’t)
    • Past Vice President
  • LaCrosse Team
  • Soccer Team
  • Tennis Team
  • Swim Team
  • Moot Court
  • Debate Team
  • Model UN
  • Mock Convention
  • Rock Climbing Club
  • SOAN Student Board
  • Chemistry TA
  • Hospital Volunteer
  • OWTsiders
  • JayWalkers
  • Choral Art Society
  • Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
  • Mu Phi Epsilon and Historian
  • NAFME – President
  • Admissions Office Intern
  • Tour Guide
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Presidents Club
  • Life Teen
  • TAUHEED- Treasurer
  • International Ambassadors Program
  • Tutors
  • OWAC
  • Rafiki WA Afrika
  • BMF
  • The Transcript

Welcome back, Theta Deuteron! Send notes of congratulations to Colony President Paul Hendricks.

C-Span Founder Lamb to Step Down
3/19/2012
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Thirty-three years ago today before CNN and ESPN, Brian Lamb (Purdue 1963) launched C-Span (Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network) to air every minute of the proceedings of the United States House of Representatives.

Effective April 1, Brother Lamb will assume the duties of executive chairman of the non-profit cable news organization, allowing his two assistants to take over the daily operations as chief executives. He will, however, continue to host his Sunday night interview program, "Q&A."

Here is the complete story.

 
Fijiland Good News
3/16/2012
Here is March's good news Friday Letter that's full of success stories from our chapters, colonies and brothers in Fijiland.

IN THIS ISSUE:

 -  IHQ Video Blog
 -  Phi Gamma Delta Awards Competition
 -  Chapter and Colony News
 -  Gordon Taylor Speckman Memorial Scholarship
 -  Shining Stars of Phi Gamma Delta
 -  Best Exile's Toast Rendition Competition
 -  Not for College Days Alone

To see your chapter/colony or brothers highlighted in the next good news edition slated for 4/20, submit news and photos here.

UMD Fijis Highlighted in Washington Post Slide Show
3/12/2012

Congrats to our Phi Deuteron brothers at the University of Maryland for making the online edition of The Washington Post. Note: even the Immortal Six made this slide show.

Any day there is positive PR about the Greek world is a good day!

Mighty Proud!

Expansion at Embry-Riddle Successful
3/5/2012

Colony members at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.On the evening of February 29, 2012, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University became the latest Phi Gamma Delta colony founded with an astounding pledge class of 42 gentlemen. To celebrate, the colony gathered with friends, graduate brothers and supporting sororities in Daytona Beach, FL, for the Evening with the Fijis reception. Field Secretaries Adam Whitten (Texas Arlington 2010) and Brent Wehage (Oregon State 2010) celebrated the strong response to their recruitment process by honoring each new pledge and announcing the official founding of Phi Gamma Delta on the ERAU campus. Following the event, members made their first appearance at Embry Riddle’s Greek Week nightly events, delving them into the activities of the Greek community.

Comprised of honors society members, residential advisors, student athletes, ROTC affiliates, and other campus organization leaders, this colony holds promise and strong representation of the values and mission of gentlemen and Phi Gams alike. Pledged on February 23, the new brothers were entrusted with the duties and opportunity to create a tremendous impact. These men will strive to enrich the Phi Gamma Delta title, concentrating on the goal of creating the strongest fraternity on their campus.

Please send welcome notes to Colony President Ross Malugani.

Fijiland Opportunities & Reminders
3/2/2012

The March administrative Friday Letter is chock full of not only reminders for chapter officers, but also opportunities for action that will promote your chapter or colony.

In this issue:

 - Officers Calendar
 - Register for Archives Weekend 3.9-11.12
 - Nominations for Archonate

 - Secret Ballot Procedure
 - Alcohol Free Housing Exemption Timeline

 - FIJI Island Reminders
 - Fall 2012 Field Secretary Visits
 - Spring Break Travel
 - Affiliation Protocol
 - Online Registration for Pig Dinner
 - Best Exiles Toast Competition
 - Send Your News!

In addition to the good news Friday Letter scheduled for March 16 is also the spring issue of The Phi Gamma Delta magazine. Be sure to send us your chapter/colony successes and brothers' accomplishments.

Another FIJI Flag in Tennessee
3/1/2012

Founding Fathers at Austin Peay.After five weeks of recruiting at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, Field Secretaries Adam Thomas (North Carolina Wilmington 2010) and Gabe Camut (James Madison 2011) officially welcomed 14 founding fathers into the Delta Colony on Monday, February 27.  

Later that evening, the Fraternity unveiled the pledge class to over 100 members of the Austin Peay community during the Evening with the Fijis campus reception. Alpha Gamma Delta was recognized as the Fiji Expansion Challenge winner while Colbey Warfield, Daniel Pitts, Chase Davenport, and Austin Cumberlander were each awarded $250 White Star scholarships.

The Colony boasts a cumulative 3.1 GPA which ranks the group towards the top in the IFC. These gentlemen are involved in the Austin Peay community through various roles such as the Govs Programming Council, residence advisors, Alternative Spring Break Coordinator, The All-State, National Broadcasting Society, ROTC, and Association of Computing Machinery.

To welcome the newest addition to Fijiland, send notes of congratulations to Colony President Colin White.

Spring Recruitment Results
3/1/2012

Congratulations to the following chapters and colonies for their pledge class results so far this spring. If your chapter is not listed, send your recruitment results to Director of Chapter Services J. B. Goll to get your chapter's success added to the listing. (As pledges continue to register, numbers may change.)

Appalachian State / Beta Nu – 7
Arizona / Upsilon Alpha – 10
Arizona State / Alpha Sigma – 13
Arkansas / Phi Alpha – 7
Austin Peay / Delta Colony – 15
Ball State / Beta Sigma – 7
Baylor / Kappa – 15
Calgary / Upsilon Chi – 5
California Berkeley / Delta Xi – 7
California Irvine / Iota Chi – 7
California San Diego / Chi Lambda – 6
California State Long Beach / Lambda Beta Colony – 6
Central Arkansas / Delta Colony – 22
Central Florida / Omega Phi – 10
Chapman / Omega Chi – 13
Chicago / Chi Upsilon – 20
Coastal Carolina / Delta Colony – 7
College of Charleston / Lambda Chi – 9
Colorado / Beta Kappa Colony – 5
Colorado School of Mines / Gamma Kappa – 9
Connecticut / Delta Colony – 19
Cornell / Kappa Nu – 24
Davidson / Delta Kappa – 16
Delaware / Nu Delta – 11
DePaul / Delta Colony – 5
DePauw / Lambda – 25
East Carolina / Pi Nu – 8
Embry Riddle / Delta Colony – 43
Florida International / Sigma Phi – 10
Georgia Tech / Gamma Tau – 5
Hampden-Sydney / Delta Deuteron – 11
Hanover / Tau – 21
Illinois / Chi Iota – 11
James Madison / Mu Chi – 7
Johns Hopkins / Beta Mu – 14
Kansas State / Chi Deuteron – 5
Kettering / Alpha Gamma – 6
Lehigh / Beta Chi – 17
Louisiana State / Beta Rho – 7
Maryland / Phi Deuteron – 22
Miami / Mu Upsilon – 23
Michigan / Alpha Phi – 15
Michigan State / Epsilon Lambda – 14
Minnesota / Mu Sigma – 9
Missouri / Chi Mu – 13
Missouri State / Psi Mu – 6
Nebraska Kearney / Nu Kappa – 5
New Mexico / Alpha Nu – 10
New York / Nu Epsilon – 13
North Alabama / Pi Upsilon – 5
North Carolina Wilmington / Pi Chi – 5
North Texas / Nu Tau – 11
Northwestern / Phi – 14
Ohio State / Omicron Deuteron – 22
Ohio Wesleyan / Theta Deuteron Colony – 22
Oklahoma State / Sigma Omicron – 8
Pennsylvania / Beta – 10
Penn State / Gamma Phi – 8
Richmond / Rho Chi – 6
Rowan / Delta Colony – 6
RPI / Tau Nu – 6
San Diego / Delta Colony – 12
Sewanee / Gamma Sigma – 20
Southern Methodist / Delta Tau – 18
Tennessee Tech / Theta Tau – 9
Texas / Tau Deuteron – 5
Texas A&M / Alpha Mu – 11
Texas Dallas / Delta Colony – 11
Toledo / Upsilon Tau – 6
Toronto / Tau Kappa – 10
Tulane /Tau Upsilon – 27
Vanderbilt / Delta Colony – 5
Vermont / Beta Upsilon – 5
Virginia / Omicron – 26
Virginia Tech / Rho Alpha – 20
Washington & Lee / Zeta Deuteron – 6
Western Kentucky / Chi Eta – 6
Western Ontario / Lambda Omega – 5
William Jewell / Zeta Phi – 25
Wisconsin / Mu – 10
Wittenberg / Sigma – 13

Gamma Chapter Charters at Vanderbilt
2/28/2012

Gamma Chapter charters on February 25, 2012, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.This past weekend on February 25, the Gamma Chapter was installed at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Through the weekend’s ceremonies, 82 brothers were pledged and 79 were initiated into the Fraternity.

The celebration began on the afternoon of Friday, February 24, with Executive Director Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975), leading the future brothers and pledges through the traditional Indoctrination School, which is a recap of the Fraternity’s history, organizational chart, and values. Following the Indoctrination School, former Archon President Lee Moss (Tennessee 1973) was installed as Legate for the installation. Then the graduate brothers looked on as the Ritual team pledged the 82 men into the Fraternity.

On Saturday, three initiation ceremonies were held to initiate the first 79 brothers into the Gamma Chapter. The ritual ceremonies were conducted under the supervision of Ritualist Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) and performed by the following brothers: Chapter President Tyler Jury (Western Kentucky 2012); Chapter Treasurer Jessee Lilligren (Tennessee Tech 2013); Recording Secretary Will Scheibe (Tennessee Tech 2013); Corresponding Secretary Bryan Hamman (Evansville 2012); Chapter Historian Tyler Wittmer (Western Kentucky 2012), with the following brothers serving as Directors: Austin Latner (Western Kentucky 2014), Dylan Ward (Western Kentucky 2013), Kevin Ben Harris (Western Kentucky 2014), Ross Pietrzak (Evansville 2012), Drew Elliott (Evansville 2012) and Brennan Girdler (Evansville 2013) also assisted with the ceremonies.  

Graduate brothers and the new initiates gathered Saturday evening for the chartering installation banquet. Bill Martin served as Master of Ceremonies with Archon Treasurer Porter Robinson (Mississippi State 1975) delivering the keynote address. Legate Lee Moss followed with his own remarks and then delivered into the hands of Chapter President Reid Harris the Gamma charter. Brother Harris closed the evening by giving his remarks and his vision of the future of the Chapter.

For more information about the history of the original Gamma Chapter in Nashville, see Curator of the Archives Towner Blackstock’s article.

Congratulations to our new Gamma Brothers!

Please send notes of congratulations to the Gamma brothers in care of:

Reid Harris, Chapter President
Gamma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta


Cunningham Clinches Oscar
2/27/2012



Not only is Ed Cunningham (Washington 1991) a college football analyst for ESPN/ABC, he's now an Oscar-winning movie producer as well.

His latest project, Undefeated, won Best Documentary at the Academy Awards last night. It is based upon a Memphis high school football team's struggle to overcome numerous seasons of defeat.

Here is an interview with Ed about producing the film that also includes the movie trailer.

Here is coverage about his accomplishment on USA Today.

Congrats, Brother Cunningham! Mighty Proud!

Good News in Phi Gamma Delta
2/17/2012
The Friday Letter is a publication designed to spread good news, successes, and ideas in Phi Gamma Delta to all undergraduate brothers and graduate volunteers.

The February edition includes:

 -  IHQ Video Blog
 -  Outstanding Academics
 
-  Chapter and Colony News
 -  Register Now for Archives Weekend
 -  Gordon Taylor Speckman Memorial Scholarship
 -  Shining Stars of Phi Gamma Delta
 -  Best Exile's Toast Rendition Competition
 -  PGD Songs Now Online 

Submit your news and photos for inclusion in an upcoming edition.


Administrative Reminders for Chapter Officers
2/3/2012
The administrative edition of The Friday Letter provides chapter leaders with due dates, reminders and opportunities. In the February edition, here's what you will find:

 - Officers Calendar

 - Procedures for Amending Constitution & Bylaws
 - Nominations for Archonate
 - Chapter President’s Risk Mgt Agreement Due
 - Secret Ballot Procedure
 - No Pools, Ponds, Etc.
 - Recruitment Help
 - Online Registration for Pig Dinner
 - Alcohol Free Housing Exemption Timeline

Remember to submit chapter news and brothers' accomplishments for the good news edition scheduled for Feb.17.

Duma's Study Highlighted on "The View"
2/2/2012
Stefan Duma (Tennessee 1995)


Wilkinson Award Winner Stefan Duma (Tennessee 1995) now heads the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. He was in the national spotlight this week in an interview with television journalist Stone Phillips whose story "Hard Hits, Hard Numbers: The First Study of Head Impacts in Youth Football" was featured on ABC's "The View."


Here is the whole story.

Thanks for making us proud, Brother Duma!

Former Archon President Jerry Wanek Passes to the Stars
2/1/2012

Jerry Wanek (Iowa 1980)Jerry Wanek (Iowa 1980), who served as Archon President from 2002 to 2004, passed ad astra on January 25, 2012. The many, many brothers who had the privilege of knowing Jerry during his years of service to the Fraternity join his family in mourning his passing.

Brother Wanek’s leadership in Phi Gamma Delta began as President of the Mu Deuteron Chapter at the University of Iowa. His post-graduate service took him all over the organizational chart of the Fraternity: House Corporation Treasurer at Iowa, Purple Legionnaire and later House Corporation President at Drake, Section Chief, Educational Foundation board member, and Archon for six years. He was elected Archon Secretary in 1998, Archon Vice President in 2000, and Archon President in 2002, retiring from that position at the Atlanta Ekklesia in 2004.  

Even as he was giving so much of his time and talent to Phi Gamma Delta, Jerry maintained a successful law practice as a partner of Garten & Wanek in Des Moines, IA. However, his first priority always was his family: his wife, Carolyn, and children Joseph, Topher, and Sophie.

Here is more information about Jerry.   

Phi Gamma Delta has lost a brother who gave outstanding service and leadership wherever he was needed and the opportunity presented itself. As a number of brothers have remarked upon hearing this news, he has left us too soon. 



MAKING A MEMORIAL GIFT
A memorial gift may be given in Jerry’s name through the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation. Click here to give online. In the Designation dropdown, select Other, and then type “Jerry Wanek” in the Other field. 

Or you may send a check payable to Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation; in the memo section of the check write “Jerry Wanek.” Send to:

Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation
PO Box 4599
Lexington KY  40544-4599

All gifts to the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation are tax-deductible.

Schiano to Lead Tampa Bay Bucs
1/30/2012
Greg Schiano (Bucknell 1988), new head coach for Tampa Bay Bucs

On Friday, January 27, Greg Schiano (Bucknell 1988) was announced as the new head coach to lead the NFL's Tampa Bay Bucaneers.

Brother Schiano, who has served as head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for the past 11 years, had previously coached in the NFL as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bears from 1996-98.

Here is the complete story.


Fijiland Good News
1/20/2012

Our chapters and brothers continually achieve success! Read the latest in the January 2012 Friday Letter - Good News edition. Highlights include:

 - IHQ Video Blog
 - Chapter and Colony News
 - Outstanding Academics
 - Shining Stars of Phi Gamma Delta
 - NYC Housing

To be included in the next Good News edition and the spring 2012 issue of The Phi Gamma Delta magazine, send news and photos to phigam@phigam.org.

 

NIC Announces 2012 All-American Football Teams
1/17/2012

The North-American Interfraternity Conference recently announced its All-American Football Team that is divided into first teams and honorable mentions for NCAA Division I FBS/FCS and NCAA Divisions II-III/NAIA. Nominations are submitted by fraternity headquarters, Greek advisors and sports information directors.

Listed below are Phi Gam brothers who made the teams.

Division I FBS/FCS Specialists FIRST TEAM
Deep Snaps: Ben Bredthauer (Texas A&M 2012)

Division I FBS/FCS Offense HONORABLE MENTION
Receivers: Frank DeNick (Bucknell 2012)

Division I FBS/FCS Defense HONORABLE MENTION
Linebackers: Tim Bolte (Bucknell 2012)
                    Sean Rafferty (Bucknell 2012)
Backs: Will Lowery (Alabama 2012)

Division I FBS/FCS Specialists HONORABLE MENTION
Punters: Jimmy Howell (Virginia 2012)
              Richard Kent (Vanderbilt 2012)
Deep Snappers: Brendan Lopez (Washington 2012)

NCAA FBS/FCS HONORABLE MENTION Head Coaches
Greg Schiano (Rutgers 1988) at Rutgers
Bill Snyder (William Jewell 1962) at Kansas State

Division II/III-NAIA FIRST TEAM Offense
Running Back: Kyle Kovach (Rose-Hulman 2013)
Lineman: Jeff Ketchum (Rose-Hulman 2012)

Division II/III-NAIA FIRST TEAM Defense
Linebacker: Danny Polaneczky (Chicago 2012)
Back: Rory Mannering (Hanover (2012)
         Scott Wenzel (Illinois Wesleyan 2012)

Division II/III-NAIA FIRST TEAM Specialists
Punter: Jeff Sauer (Chicago 2013)

Divisions II/III-NAIA Offense HONORABLE MENTION
Quarterbacks: C .J. Croft (Hanover 2012)
                      Mitch Snyder (Rose-Hulman 2013)
Running Backs: Francis Adarkwa (Chicago 2012)

Divisions II/III-NAIA Defense HONORABLE MENTION
Linemen: Matt Sargent (Chicago 2012)
Backs: Emmet Carrier (Chicago 2012)

Divisions II/III-NAIA Specialists HONORABLE MENTION
Kickers: Nick Schneider (Rose-Hulman 2012)
Returns: Kyle Kovach (Rose-Hulman 2013)


Congrats, brothers! Continue to make us proud!

Here is the complete listing.

Kyle Kovach (Rose-Hulman 2013) Earns All-American Honors
1/16/2012
Kyle Kovach (Rose-Hulman 2013) is the first Fightin' Engineer football player since 1958 to earn All-American honors from the Associated Press.

SI.com (Sports Illustrated) and the Associated Press selected Brother Kovach as the third-team all-purpose player for the Little All-America Team which features the nation's best players at the NCAA Division II, III and NAIA levels.

Congrats, Kyle. Thanks for making us proud!

Here is the complete story.

Chapter Officers: Start the Year off Right
1/13/2012
This administrative edition of The Friday Letter addresses several topics to help chapter officers get 2012 started right.

In this issue: 
 -  Officers Calendar
 -  Procedures for Amending Constitution & Bylaws
 
-  Coming Soon: Insurance Billing
 -  Secret Ballot Procedure
 -  Required Viewing
 -  Submit Fall 2011 Grades
 -  Alcohol Free Housing Exemption Timeline
 
-  Report Your Service
 -  Who to Call at IHQ
 -  Checklist for Success
 -  Miami Chapter Seeks Live-in Advisor
 -  Help Available for Pig Dinner
 
-  Academy Resources

Be sure to submit news and photos about brothers' achievements and chapter successes for the good news edition scheduled for 1/20/2012.

Record-breaking Attendance at 37th Fiji Academy
1/7/2012

2012 Academy logoOver 600 Fiji leaders, including graduate volunteers, are in St. Louis this weekend at the Marriott Union Station for the 37th Fiji Academy, where they are learning to "Lead with Courage."

As brothers arrived early Friday afternoon, they had the choice of two educational blocks that included sessions on Selling Yourself – Where Does Phi Gamma Delta Fit on My Resume; Personal Finance Basics; Generating Results from Scholarship Programs; Networking 101 – Making the Most of Your Fraternity Connections; Basics of Investing; Telling Our Scholarship Story; Fraternity Awards 101; and Leadership in Action, based on Taking the Lead When You are in Charge developed by Ken Blanchard (Cornell 1961). Before dinner, brothers gathered to exchange their various t-shirts.

Ben Little (NYU 2011), who received the Wilkinson Award as Phi Gamma Delta's most outstanding senior, was the keynote speaker for the Opening Leadership Dinner. Here is his speech. Following the dinner, a Model Initiation ceremony was performed, while colony brothers attended their own educational session. Friday evening's entertainment was the annual Fiji Poker Tournament.

On Saturday, brothers started the day with a hot breakfast before the opening session on "The Science of Smart Decisions" featuring Dr. Jeff Belkora of the University of California, San Francisco faculty. Throughout the day, individual tracks were offered for all cabinet positions, including Recruitment Chairmen and Pledge Educators.

During lunch, Jeff Fettig (Indiana 1979), chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corporation, will take the podium for the Lessons in Leadership address.

After the evening's Pig Dinner where Archon President Jim Hickey (Illinois 1975) will address the group, brothers willl head to Scottrade Center for NHL hockey between the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche.